Hannaleena Jämsä, Marja-Liisa Laitala, Hannu Vähänikkilä & Anna-Maija Syrjälä (2022) Implementation of oral hygiene practices in nursing homes – the view of supervisor nurses, Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, 80:4, 308-314, DOI: 10.1080/00016357.2021.2009026
Implementation of oral hygiene practices in nursing homes : the view of supervisor nurses
|Author:||Jämsä, Hannaleena1; Laitala, Marja-Liisa2; Vähänikkilä, Hannu3;|
1Research Unit of Oral Health Sciences, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Research Unit of Oral Health Sciences, Department of Cariology, Endodontology and Pedodontics, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Northern Finland Birth Cohorts, Arctic Biobank, Infrastructure for Population Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4Institute of Dentistry, Periodontology and Geriatric Dentistry, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2022092760253
|Publish Date:|| 2022-11-29
Objectives: The aim of our study was to analyse the implementation of oral health-related practices in private enhanced service housing units and nursing homes in Finland reported by supervisor nurses.
Methods: We sent an anonymous, voluntary Webropol-questionnaire to the supervisor nurses of private enhanced service housing units and nursing homes (N= 245). The questionnaire included items about the implementation of oral healthcare-related practices in the care units and items based on the Nursing Dental Coping Beliefs index (DCBS index). Five dimensions of the implementation of oral healthcare-related practices, Oral hygiene practices and Favourable diet for oral health, Oral hygiene equipment, Professional dental services, and Knowledge and opinions were used as outcomes. The factors in the nursing DCBS index and background variables were used as explanatory variables.
Results: Our main results showed that in care units, Oral hygiene practices, Favourable diet for oral health, Oral hygiene equipment, and Professional dental services were partly implemented. Furthermore, according to Knowledge and opinions supervisor nurses had challenges in oral health-related knowledge and difficulties in managing oral care. In the DCBS index, better self-efficacy in “Managing bleeding gums” was associated with better implementation of oral health practices. Furthermore, supervisor nurses’ better own oral health habits were associated with better implementation of oral health-related practices.
Conclusions: It can be concluded that based on the responses of the supervisor nurses, oral health-related practices were partly implemented in private enhanced service housing units and nursing homes in Finland.
Acta odontologica Scandinavica
|Pages:||308 - 314|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
© 2021 Acta Odontologica Scandinavica Society. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Acta Odontologica Scandinavica on 26 Nov 2021, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00016357.2021.2009026.