Development of a European consensus from dentists, dental hygienists and physicians on a standard for oral health care in care-dependent older people: An e-Delphi study.

Charadram, Nattida; Maniewicz, Sabrina; Maggi, Stefania; Petrovic, Mirko; Kossioni, Anastassia; Srinivasan, Murali; Schimmel, Martin; Mojon, Philippe; Müller, Frauke (2021). Development of a European consensus from dentists, dental hygienists and physicians on a standard for oral health care in care-dependent older people: An e-Delphi study. Gerodontology, 38(1), pp. 41-56. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/ger.12501

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OBJECTIVES

This study aimed to obtain a consensus on oral health policy, access to dental care, oral hygiene measures and training levels.

BACKGROUND

Poor oral health is widespread in care-dependent older people, but no consensus for a minimum standard of oral health care exists yet.

METHODS

The e-Delphi approach was applied to a selected panel of interdisciplinary experts. Data analysis was based on three measurements: (a) ≥70% of experts' opinion fall into category "agree or strongly agree," (b) median score on the 5-point Likert scale ≥4, (c) interquartile range ≤1.

RESULTS

A total of 31 experts from 17 European countries participated in this survey. Agreement was achieved for a compulsory dental examination when an elder is admitted to a long-term care (LTC) facility. Older people should brush their teeth twice/day and regularly clean interproximal spaces and oral mucosa. Dentures should be rinsed after meals and cleaned twice/day. The use of denture cleansing tablets was considered necessary. Dentures should be removed before sleeping and stored dry. A 5000 ppm fluoride toothpaste should be applied daily in elder with high caries risk. A short report on the oral health status of the elder should be included in the geriatric assessment. All experts concluded that the knowledge and the training in oral health care for caregivers and family members of care-dependent older people were imperative.

CONCLUSIONS

Using the e-Delphi method, multidisciplinary healthcare professionals from different countries agreed on certain cardinal recommendations for a standard oral health care for care-dependent older people.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Reconstructive Dentistry and Gerodontology

UniBE Contributor:

Schimmel, Martin

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0734-0664

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Tina Lauper

Date Deposited:

29 Dec 2020 17:27

Last Modified:

17 Feb 2021 01:33

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/ger.12501

PubMed ID:

33073408

Uncontrolled Keywords:

care-dependent older adults e-Delphi study geriatric oral care institutionalised older adults

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/149185

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/149185

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