An evaluation of the implementation of the 'Guidelines for oral care for patients dependent on care'

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Abstract

75% of older people being admitted to a nursing home are found to have oral care problems that have not been treated. Moreover, the Healthcare Inspectorate [in the Netherlands] reports that oral care for patients who depend on care in nursing homes is inadequate. The 'Guidelines for oral care for patients dependent on care in nursing homes', developed in 2007, appears to have been inadequately implemented. The goal of this research was to gain insight into the implementation of these guidelines in healthcare organisations. To that end, a questionnaire was distributed among the staff of 74 nursing homes. An analysis of the data revealed that people are -familiar with the guidelines and that oral care providers are often available. Oral care providers, however, often do not have access to reasonable dental care facilities. Patients are, moreover, generally not screened and/or monitored in accordance with the guidelines. Finally, it seems that the instruction of nurses and care-providers is insufficient. Research supports the conclusion that the nursing home staff is well-acquainted with the 'Guidelines for oral care for patients dependent on care' but that implementation of the guidelines in daily practice leaves much to be desired.

Translated title of the contributionAn evaluation of the implementation of the 'Guidelines for oral care for patients dependent on care'
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)257-263
Number of pages7
JournalNederlands tijdschrift voor tandheelkunde
Volume123
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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