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Protocol - Dry Mouth

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Protocol Name from Source:

The Expert Review Panel has not reviewed this measure yet.

Availability:

Publicly available

Description:

These interviewer-administered questions are used to determine if the participant has xerostomia (dry mouth).

Protocol:

1. Does your mouth frequently feel dry?

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

2. Does your mouth feel dry when eating?

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

3. Does the amount of saliva in your mouth seem to be:

[ ] 0 Too little

[ ] 1 Too much

[ ] 2 Don't notice it

4. Do you sip liquids frequently during the day to keep your mouth moist?

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 2 Not sure

5. Do you have difficulties swallowing food if you eat without additional fluids?

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 2 Not sure

Personnel and Training Required

The interviewer must be trained to conduct personal interviews with individuals from the general population. The interviewer must be trained and found to be competent (i.e., tested by an expert) at the completion of personal interviews.* The interviewer should be trained to prompt respondents further if a "don't know" response is provided.

*There are multiple modes to administer this question (e.g., paper-and-pencil and computer-assisted interviews).

Equipment Needs

None

Requirements

Requirement CategoryRequired
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individualNo
Major equipmentNo
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collectionNo
Specialized trainingNo

Mode of Administration

Interviewer (face-to-face)

Life Stage:

Infant, Toddler, Child, Adolescent, Adult, Senior, All Ages, Pregnancy

Specific Instructions:

None

Research Domain Information

Release Date:

December 30, 2009

Definition

A measure to assess whether the respondent has a dry mouth and evidence of decreased salivary flow.

Purpose

Reduced salivary flow is associated with increased severity of caries in adults.

Selection Rationale

These questions are from a nationally recognized study and are predictive of decreased salivary flow.

Language

English

Standards

StandardNameIDSource
Common Data Elements (CDE)Person Dry Mouth indicator2966457CDE Browser
Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC)Oral dry mouth proto62584-8LOINC

Process and Review

The Expert Review Panel has not reviewed this measure yet.

Source

National Institute on Aging (NIA), Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging (BLSA), Dental Examination, questions 47 (question 1), 48 (question 2), 50 (question 3), 51 (question 4), and 52 (question 5).

General References

Fox, P. C., Busch, K. A., & Baum, B. J. (1987). Subjective reports of xerostomia and objective measures of salivary gland performance. Journal of the American Dental Association, 115(4), 581–584.

Protocol ID:

80401

Variables:

Export Variables
Variable NameVariable IDVariable DescriptionVersiondbGaP Mapping
PX080401_Mouth_Dry_FrequentlyPX080401010000Does your mouth frequently feel dry?4N/A
PX080401_Mouth_Dry_When_EatingPX080401020000Does your mouth feel dry when eating?4N/A
PX080401_Mouth_Saliva_AmountPX080401030000Does the amount of saliva in your mouth seem to be:4N/A
PX080401_Sip_Liquids_Keep_Mouth_MoistPX080401040000Do you sip liquids frequently during the day to keep your mouth moist?4N/A
PX080401_Difficulty_Swallow_Without_Addition_FluidsPX080401050000Do you have difficulties swallowing food if you eat without additional fluids?4N/A