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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Care home staff knowledge of oral care compared to best practice: a West of Scotland pilot study
Other Titles: (Working title) Are We Meeting Oral Health Needs of Care Home Populations?
Author(s): Young, Beth C
Thomson, Jennifer
Murray, Colin A
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Issue Date: Oct-2008
Citation: Young BC, Thomson J & Murray CA (2008) Care home staff knowledge of oral care compared to best practice: a West of Scotland pilot study, British Dental Journal, 205 (8), p. E16.
Abstract: Aim: To evaluate care home (N) staff knowledge of oral care in comparison to NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS) guidelines. To identify barriers to delivering oral care and determine if Oral Health Educator (OHE) training had an effect upon staff knowledge of oral care delivery. Setting: The study was undertaken within Greater Glasgow, 2005 to 2007. Subjects and Methods: From 33 care homes (N), 28 participated in data gathering comprising 109 staff. A ‘knowledge check-list’ based upon daily oral care protocol from NHS QIS Best Practice Statement (BPS) served as template for knowledge assessment. An OHE undertook small group discussions related to the BPS in a sub-group of original participants and a second round of data collected. Results: The majority of staff (n=86, 79%) agreed that residents required assistance with oral care and placed oral care (n=85, 78%) as a moderate to high priority. Only 57% of managers and 49% of nurses had received training in oral care. Most staff (79% of managers, 85% of nurses) were unaware of the NHS QIS BPS. Deficiencies in knowledge of key areas within the BPS were identified. Between pre- and post-OHE training, significant differences were identified in prioritisation of oral care (p =0.009), perceived competence (p =0.005) and confidence giving advice (p =0.004). Following OHE intervention, knowledge of BPS protocol increased by 45%. Conclusion: Knowledge of oral care provision by carers for home residents requires substantial improvement. An OHE training programme structured around the NHS QIS BPS demonstrated a measurable increase in levels of staff knowledge of oral care.
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Rights: Published in the British Dental Journal by Nature Publishing Group.; DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2008.894

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