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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-47251

Nitschke, I; Majdani, M; Sobotta, B A J; Reiber, T; Hopfenmüller, W (2010). Dental care of frail older people and those caring for them. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19(13-14):1882-1890.

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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To describe oral health utilisation patterns of frail older people and contrast these with attitudes and utilisation patterns of nursing staff who are caring for them.

BACKGROUND: In view of widespread poor oral health of frail older people in long-term care, staff attitudes have been identified as an area of interest. In addition to data on attitudes, the current study contributes a description of aspects of oral health related behaviour of staff and clients.

DESIGN: Cross-sectional study.

METHODS: Structured interviews of a random selection of long-term care staff (n=320) and frail older people (n=172), within the two groups of home-care services (HCS) and long-term care facilities (LTCF).

RESULTS: Of staff members, 55·3% attach the same importance to their own oral health compared to that of clients and 35·7% regard their own oral health as more important; 98·4% of staff attended two or more dental examinations per year; 3·4% of HCS and 37·1% of LTCF routinely arranged oral examinations. In 81·4% HCS and in 34·4% of LTCF, there was no routine dental service available. Patterns of oral health service attendance greatly differ between staff and clients.

CONCLUSION: The oral health awareness of the majority of long-term care staff did not translate into adequate oral health care for clients. A gap exists between attitudes supportive of oral health, adequate and prevention driven own oral health related behaviour of staff and actual oral health care delivered to clients.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: To bridge the gap identified, a concept is suggested for nursing educators and managers of LTCF targeting educational measures while taking into account individual attitudes


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic for Masticatory Disorders and Complete Dentures, Geriatric and Special Care Dentistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:01 Mar 2011 15:55
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:51
Publisher DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.02996.x
PubMed ID:20384671

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