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Views of xerostomia among health care professionals: a qualitative study
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
School of Health Sciences and Social Work, Växjö University, Växjö, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
2009 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 18, no 6, p. 791-798Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIM:

To explore and describe views of xerostomia among health care professionals.

BACKGROUND:

Xerostomia (dry mouth) is caused by changes in quality and quantity of saliva due to poor health, certain drugs and radiation therapy. It is a common symptom, particularly among older people and has devastating consequences with regard to oral health and general well-being.

METHODS:

Data were obtained and categorised by interviewing 16 health care professionals. Qualitative content analysis was chosen as the method of analysis.

DESIGN: Qualitative.

RESULTS:

The latent content was formulated into a theme: xerostomia is a well-known problem, yet there is inadequate management of patients with xerostomia. The findings identified three categories expressing the manifest content: awareness of xerostomia, indifferent attitude and insufficient support.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although xerostomia was recognised as commonly occurring, it was considered to be an underestimated and an ignored problem. Proper attention to conditions of xerostomia and subsequent patient management were viewed as fragmentary and inadequate. Additional qualitative studies among patients with xerostomia would be desirable to gain further understanding of the problems with xerostomia, its professional recognition and management.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE:

A holistic view, positive professional attitudes and enhanced knowledge of xerostomia seem essential to augment collaboration among health care professionals and to improve compassion for and support of patients with xerostomia.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2009. Vol. 18, no 6, p. 791-798
Keywords [en]
content analysis, health care professionals, nurses, nursing, well-being, xerostomia
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-2896DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02455.xISI: 000263338200003PubMedID: 18803577Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-60249086417Local ID: 2082/3298OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-2896DiVA, id: diva2:240114
Available from: 2009-08-31 Created: 2009-08-31 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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