Confirmatory factor analysis of the oral health impact profile

M. T. John, L. Feuerstahler, N. Waller, K. Baba, P. Larsson, A. Čelebić, D. Kende, K. Rener-Sitar, D. R. Reissmann

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Previous exploratory analyses suggest that the Oral Health Impact Profile (OHIP) consists of four correlated dimensions and that individual differences in OHIP total scores reflect an underlying higher-order factor. The aim of this report is to corroborate these findings in the Dimensions of Oral Health-Related Quality of Life (DOQ) Project, an international study of general population subjects and prosthodontic patients. Using the project's Validation Sample (n = 5022), we conducted confirmatory factor analyses in a sample of 4993 subjects with sufficiently complete data. In particular, we compared the psychometric performance of three models: a unidimensional model, a four-factor model and a bifactor model that included one general factor and four group factors. Using model-fit criteria and factor interpretability as guides, the four-factor model was deemed best in terms of strong item loadings, model fit (RMSEA = 0·05, CFI = 0·99) and interpretability. These results corroborate our previous findings that four highly correlated factors - which we have named Oral Function, Oro-facial Pain, Oro-facial Appearance and Psychosocial Impact - can be reliably extracted from the OHIP item pool. However, the good fit of the unidimensional model and the high interfactor correlations in the four-factor solution suggest that OHRQoL can also be sufficiently described with one score.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)644-652
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Oral Rehabilitation
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2014


  • Confirmatory factor analysis
  • Dimensions
  • Factor structure
  • Oral health impact profile
  • Oral health-related quality of life


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