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Evaluation of an oral health education program for nursing personnel in special housing facilities for the elderly. Part II: Clinical aspects
Oral Health Centre, Central Hospital, Halmstad, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI). Department of Oral Public Health, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI). Department of Primary Health Care, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare. Oral Health Centre, Central Hospital, Halmstad, Sweden.
2000 (English)In: Special Care in Dentistry: managing special patients, settings, and situations, ISSN 0275-1879, E-ISSN 1754-4505, Vol. 20, no 3, p. 109-113Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, efforts are being made to create strategies for evaluating realistic dental treatment needs among the elderly, who are retaining more natural teeth. These strategies focus on the importance of maintaining adequate oral hygiene. Elderly in long-term-care facilities often depend on nursing personnel for carrying out daily oral hygiene procedures. Therefore, the nursing personnel’s knowledge about and attitudes toward oral health make oral health education for health care professionals an important concern. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical oral health outcome in residents after their caregivers had undergone a one-session, four-hour oral health education program. The study consisted of an intervention with a pre- and a post-test and was carried out in three municipalities in the southwestern part of Sweden. A newly developed oral health screening protocol was carried out for 170 subjects living in long-term-care facilities both before and 3-4 months after nursing personnel had attended an oral health education program. Following the Intervention, a statistically significant improvement was recorded for changes In oral mucosal color, a modified plaque index which measured oral hygiene status, and a mucosal index which recorded mucosal inflammation. This study indicated that a limited, one-session, four-hour oral health education, offered to caregivers within long-term-care facilities, had a positive impact on the oral health status of residents.

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Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2000. Vol. 20, no 3, p. 109-113
Keywords [en]
aged, article, classification, dental care, dental health education, evaluation, female, health, health personnel attitude, health service, health status, histology, home for the aged, human, intervention study, long term care, male, manpower, mass screening, middle aged, mouth hygiene, mouth mucosa, nonparametric test, nursing education, nursing staff, outcome assessment, stomatitis, Sweden, tooth plaque, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Attitude of Health Personnel, Dental Care for Aged, Dental Plaque Index, Education, Nursing, Female, Health Education, Dental, Health Services Needs and Demand, Health Status, Homes for the Aged, Humans, Intervention Studies, Long-Term Care, Male, Mass Screening, Middle Aged, Mouth Mucosa, Nursing Staff, Oral Health, Oral Hygiene, Outcome Assessment (Health Care), Statistics, Nonparametric, Stomatitis, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-37635DOI: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2000.tb00012.xPubMedID: 11203883Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0034188554OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-37635DiVA, id: diva2:1233788
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Funding: Swedish National Board of  Health and Welfare and the County Council of Halland, Sweden

Available from: 2018-07-19 Created: 2018-07-19 Last updated: 2018-07-19Bibliographically approved

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