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Occurrence of oral health problems and planned measures in dependent older people in nursing care
Higher Vocational Education, Helsingborg.
Kristianstad University.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Natural Science and Biomedicine. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Oral health. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2786-707x
2018 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 27, no 23-24, p. 4381-4389Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIMS AND OBJECTIVE:

To describe oral health problems and planned measures in older people receiving nursing care.

BACKGROUND:

Poor oral health conditions have a negative impact on the quality of life of older people. Therefore, oral care is an important task in daily nursing activities.

METHODS:

Data were obtained from the web-based Swedish national quality register Senior Alert. Data regarding oral health status and planned measures in individuals ≥65 years from one county in Sweden between July 2014-June 2015 were included. The Revised Oral Assessment Guide-the Jönköping (ROAG-J) was used routinely by nursing staff in nursing care facilities to measure oral health status.

RESULTS:

Oral assessments were made on 2,567 individuals (65.7% women). The most common oral health problem was related to "Teeth" (43.0%), which indicates deficient oral hygiene and/or broken teeth. At least one measure was planned in all the participants. The most common planned measures were "Moistening of the mouth" (16.6%), followed by "Brushing - assistance or complete help" (13.5%).

CONCLUSION:

Oral health problems were common, and planned measures did not seem to be sufficient to address the identified problems. The results indicate that greater priority should be given to the oral health care of older people in nursing care.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE:

The study highlights the importance of not only identifying oral health problems but also having knowledge and strategies for oral health care. Collaboration is needed to support nurses in caring for the oral health care of older people in nursing homes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2018. Vol. 27, no 23-24, p. 4381-4389
Keywords [en]
dependent elderly, oral care, oral health, oral health assessment, quality improvement, Sweden
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Dentistry Geriatrics Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41249DOI: 10.1111/jocn.14584ISI: 000449828900017PubMedID: 29943858Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85052614584OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-41249DiVA, id: diva2:1242002
Available from: 2018-08-27 Created: 2018-08-27 Last updated: 2019-01-23Bibliographically approved

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