Oral Psychosomatic Disorders in Family Caregivers of Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma Patients

Document Type : Research Articles


1 Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Government Dental College & Hospital, Nagpur Maharashtra, India.

2 Department of Dentistry, Indira Gandhi Government Medical College & Hospital, Nagpur, Maharashtra State, India.

3 Department of Oral Pathology & Microbiology, Dr. D.Y. Patil Dental College & Hospital, Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra State, India.

4 Rashtra Sant Tukdoji Cancer Hospital & Research Centre (Tertiary care cancer centre), Nagpur, Maharashtra State, India.

5 Department of Dentistry, Government Medical College & Hospital, Nagpur, Maharashtra State, India.

6 Department of Oral Pathology & Microbiology, College of Dental Science & Research Centre, People’s University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.

7 Independent Researcher, Aarti regency, Mahalakshmi Nagar, Manewada Road, Nagpur, Maharashtra State, India.

8 Department of Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, College of Dentistry, Qassim University, Buraydah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

9 Department of Maxillofacial Surgery and Diagnostic Sciences, Division of Oral Pathology, College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Objective: To investigate the oral psychosomatic disorders (PSDs) in family caregivers (FCs) of oral cancer (OC) patients and to evaluate the correlation between these oral PSDs to severity of depression anxiety and stress. Methods: A total of 50 participants were included each in first degree relative (FDR), second degree relative (SDR) and control group. All the participants completed DASS-21 questionnaire and were subjected to thorough clinical history and oral examination. Results: All the FCs reported statistically significant higher mean levels of depression, anxiety and stress compared to controls (p˂0.001). A significantly greater number of FCs (40.00%) reported oral PSDs than control group (12.00%). Most prevalent oral PSD in FCs was aphthous stomatitis followed by oral lichen planus, bruxism, burning mouth syndrome and myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome. Moreover, there was a preponderance of these diseases in FDR (60.86%) compared to SDR (26.08%). FCs with moderate to very severe depression, anxiety and stress showed higher prevalence of these oral PSDs compared to the ones with mild depression, anxiety and stress. Conclusion: The observations of higher prevalence of oral PSDs in FCs with psychological alterations can enhance healthcare professionals’ awareness to better understand FCs’ oral healthcare needs.


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Volume 22, Issue 2
February 2021
Pages 477-483
  • Receive Date: 03 November 2020
  • Revise Date: 30 December 2020
  • Accept Date: 02 February 2021
  • First Publish Date: 02 February 2021