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Article: Prevalence of orofacial pain and treatment seeking in Hong Kong Chinese

TitlePrevalence of orofacial pain and treatment seeking in Hong Kong Chinese
Authors
KeywordsEpidemiology
Orofacial
Pain
Prevalence
Treatment seeking
Issue Date2006
PublisherQuintessence Publishing Co Ltd.
Citation
Journal Of Orofacial Pain, 2006, v. 20 n. 3, p. 218-225 How to Cite?
AbstractAims: To estimate the prevalence and pattern of self-reported orofacial pain symptoms and treatment-seeking behavior in adult Cantonese-speaking Chinese people in Hong Kong. Methods: A cross-sectional population survey involving a telephone survey technique was used to identify 1,222 randomly selected Cantonese-speaking people aged at least 18 years. Standard questions were asked on the experience of 8 orofacial pain symptoms in the previous month and on treatment-seeking behavior. Results: Orofacial pain symptoms were reported by 41.6% of respondents when tooth sensitivity was included and by 24.2% when it was excluded. There was no gender- or age-related difference in pain prevalence (P > .010). Tooth sensitivity was the most common symptom (27.7%), followed by toothache (12.5%), and shooting pain in the face was the least common (1.1%). Almost half those with symptoms reported the pain as moderate to severe, and a fifth had frequent pain. Only 20.3% with pain symptoms sought professional treatment, and use of self-prescribed medication was very low (12.4%). Conclusion: Orofacial pain symptoms appear to affect more than a quarter of the adult population in Hong Kong, and prevalence estimates were consistent with those in Western countries. A substantial proportion of the pain symptoms were frequent and of moderate to severe intensity, with the potential for significant morbidity. Professional treatment seeking was very low and may be related to specific pain behaviors and effective coping strategies in this ethnic group.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/66224
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.824
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.599
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dc.contributor.authorMcMillan, ASen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, MCMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorZheng, Jen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, CLKen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T05:44:36Z-
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dc.date.issued2006en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Orofacial Pain, 2006, v. 20 n. 3, p. 218-225en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1064-6655en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/66224-
dc.description.abstractAims: To estimate the prevalence and pattern of self-reported orofacial pain symptoms and treatment-seeking behavior in adult Cantonese-speaking Chinese people in Hong Kong. Methods: A cross-sectional population survey involving a telephone survey technique was used to identify 1,222 randomly selected Cantonese-speaking people aged at least 18 years. Standard questions were asked on the experience of 8 orofacial pain symptoms in the previous month and on treatment-seeking behavior. Results: Orofacial pain symptoms were reported by 41.6% of respondents when tooth sensitivity was included and by 24.2% when it was excluded. There was no gender- or age-related difference in pain prevalence (P > .010). Tooth sensitivity was the most common symptom (27.7%), followed by toothache (12.5%), and shooting pain in the face was the least common (1.1%). Almost half those with symptoms reported the pain as moderate to severe, and a fifth had frequent pain. Only 20.3% with pain symptoms sought professional treatment, and use of self-prescribed medication was very low (12.4%). Conclusion: Orofacial pain symptoms appear to affect more than a quarter of the adult population in Hong Kong, and prevalence estimates were consistent with those in Western countries. A substantial proportion of the pain symptoms were frequent and of moderate to severe intensity, with the potential for significant morbidity. Professional treatment seeking was very low and may be related to specific pain behaviors and effective coping strategies in this ethnic group.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherQuintessence Publishing Co Ltd.en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Orofacial Painen_HK
dc.subjectEpidemiologyen_HK
dc.subjectOrofacialen_HK
dc.subjectPainen_HK
dc.subjectPrevalenceen_HK
dc.subjectTreatment seekingen_HK
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten_HK
dc.subject.meshAdulten_HK
dc.subject.meshAge Distributionen_HK
dc.subject.meshAsian Continental Ancestry Group - statistics & numerical dataen_HK
dc.subject.meshFacial Pain - epidemiology - therapyen_HK
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshHong Kong - epidemiologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshHumansen_HK
dc.subject.meshMaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshMiddle Ageden_HK
dc.subject.meshPatient Acceptance of Health Care - statistics & numerical dataen_HK
dc.subject.meshSex Distributionen_HK
dc.subject.meshToothache - epidemiology - therapyen_HK
dc.titlePrevalence of orofacial pain and treatment seeking in Hong Kong Chineseen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailMcMillan, AS: annemcmillan@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailWong, MCM: mcmwong@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailLam, CLK: clklam@hku.hken_HK
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