Depression and oral health related quality of life in PWID
Oral health related quality of life is known to be reduced in disadvantaged populations, including people who inject drugs. Mental health issues, such as depression are also commonly reported.
Using a cross-sectional analysis and collecting survey data from the Melbourne Injecting Drug User Cohort Study (SuperMIX), this study found participants had poor oral health related quality of life and a significant association between that quality of life and depression. The study suggests interventions to improve oral health of people who inject drugs are urgently needed, and these may benefit mental health outcomes for people who inject drugs.
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