The integration of oral health care into day-to-day care in nursing homes : a qualitative study

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The integration of oral health care into day-to-day care in nursing homes : a qualitative study
Author De Visschere, Luc ; de Baat, Cees ; De Meyer, Lize ; van der Putten, Gert-Jan ; Peeters, Bart ; Soderfelt, Bjorn ; Vanobbergen, Jacques
Date 2015
English abstract
ObjectiveThis qualitative study explored barriers and enabling factors to the implementation of an oral hygiene protocol in nursing homes. BackgroundOral health care in nursing homes in Flanders (Belgium) is inadequate. Materials and methodsQualitative data were obtained from nurses employed in 13 nursing homes involved in two randomised controlled trials in Flanders-Belgium. Data were collected by focus group and face-to-face interviews during April 2005 and December 2009. All transcripts were analysed with support of NVivo 8 (Version 2008). Transcripts were intuitively analysed in a two-step method. ResultsMost revealed barriers were consistent with previous findings in the literature. Newly reported barriers were respect for residents' self-determination, experience based oral health care by nurses, residents' oral health status and nurses' inability to notice residents' oral health status. Demand-driven oral health care was found to be a strong enabling factor. ConclusionThe integration of oral health care into day-to-day care seems to be a major problem due to a multitude of barriers. In future implementation innovations in oral health care an a priori assessment of influencing factors is recommended.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ger.12062 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue Gerodontology;2
Volume 32
ISSN 0734-0664
Pages 115-122
Language eng (iso)
Subject oral health care
nursing homes
barriers and enabling factors
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/20027 Permalink to this page
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