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Revista CEFAC

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Abstract

NAGAE, Mirian Hideko et al. Life quality for mouth and oronasal breathing subjects. Rev. CEFAC [online]. 2013, vol.15, n.1, pp. 105-110.  Epub June 19, 2012. ISSN 1982-0216.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-18462012005000048.

PURPOSE: to investigate the life quality of subjects with mouth or oronasal breathing. METHOD: the sampling was composed of 49 volunteers distributed into 2 groups: mouth breathing subjects’ group with 24 subjects and oronasal breathing subjects’ group (mouth and nose) with 25 subjects, within the 18-38 age group, both genders. The WHOQOL-BREF (Portuguese version) protocol was used and the data analysis and recording were carried out using the Statistical Analysis System. RESULTS: the obtained results underwent Mantel-Haenszel chi-square test and variance analysis. Life quality in oronasal breathing subjects was demonstrated to be better in environmental, physical and psychological domain in relation to mouth breathing subjects. CONCLUSION: considering the obtained differences, the study draws attention to the need for better investigating the profile of oronasal breathing subjects and its relevance, so that the conducts, such as disregarding the group of oronasal breathing subjects or gathering them as mouth breathing subjects, are not improperly adopted.

Keywords : Respiration; Quality of Life; Health.

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