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Paul L Geltman Jo Hunter Adams Jennifer Cochran Gheorghe DorosDenis Rybin Michelle Henshaw Linda L Barnes Michael Paasche-OrlowAugust 2013 The Impact of Functional Health Literacy on the Oral HealthStatus of Somali Refugees Living in Massachusets American Journal ofPublic Health 103 8 1516-1523The purpose of this research was to assess the impact of healthliteracy and acculturation on the oral health status of Somali refugeesresiding in Massachusetts The subject of the article was to comparehealth literacy levels of Somali refugees to their overall oral healthstatus in which the researches hypothesized that lower health literacywould be linked to worsening oral health Research of different views was not introduced in the article Theresearchers hypothesized that after control for acculturationparticipants with high health literacy would be more like than others tohave 1 less lifetime history of decay untreated dental decay andperiodontal disease 2 a higher rate of traditional or Westernpersonal hygiene practices and behaviors known to e associated withbetter oral health outcomes and 3 more utilization of professionaldental care for preventive services A null hypothesis assumes thatthere is no statistically significant difference between the groupsbeing studied This article did not contain a null hypothesis becausethe level of health literacy was not the factor affecting refugees oralhealth status In contrast the main cause of the oral health changesfound in the study were due to the years lived in United States inwhich during those years they adopted less favorable dietary habitsincreasing their intake of high refined sugars affecting their overalloral health status The variables introduced in this study aremeasurable The study did not include an independent or dependentvariable because it was a summative research meaning a product orservice was not provided or given to Somalian participantsThe criteria for this research was The individuals participating hadto be eighteen years or older migrated to the US no more than tenyears prior to the study and were of Somalian Exclusion criteria werealso implemented to meet the requirements for the final research sampleThe criteria
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