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Protocol - Dry Mouth

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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

Protocol Name from Source:

The Expert Review Panel has not reviewed this measure yet.

Availability:

Publicly available

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
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Interviewer-administered questionnaire

Life Stage:

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

Participants:

Participants ≥17 years of age. May also be asked of children under 17 years old via a proxy.

Specific Instructions:

None

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 indicator 2966457 CDE Browser
Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) Oral dry mouth proto 62584-8 LOINC
Derived Variables

None

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_Difficulty_Swallow_Without_Addition_Fluids PX080401050000 Do you have difficulties swallowing food if you eat without additional fluids? 4 N/A
PX080401_Mouth_Dry_Frequently PX080401010000 Does your mouth frequently feel dry? 4 N/A
PX080401_Mouth_Dry_When_Eating PX080401020000 Does your mouth feel dry when eating? 4 N/A
PX080401_Mouth_Saliva_Amount PX080401030000 Does the amount of saliva in your mouth seem to be: 4 N/A
PX080401_Sip_Liquids_Keep_Mouth_Moist PX080401040000 Do you sip liquids frequently during the day to keep your mouth moist? 4 N/A
Research Domain Information
Measure Name:

Dry Mouth

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.

Keywords

Oral health, Dry mouth, Saliva, Xerostomia, Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging, Dental Caries