[Oral health care guidelines for elderly people in long-term care facilities. Effectiveness and implementation in The Netherlands and Flanders]
SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Tandheelkunde, 116, 1, (2009), pp. 23-7
Article / Letter to editor
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Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Tandheelkunde
SubjectNCEBP 7: Effective primary care and public health; NCMLS 3: Tissue engineering and pathology
Oral health care includes self-care, volunteer care, and professional care for maintaining or advancing appropriate oral health. It has been demonstrated that the oral health care in long-term care facilities for elderly people in The Netherlands and Flanders (Belgium) is not adequate. Daily oral hygiene care, carers' knowledge and skills providing adequate oral health care, (co)morbidity, and drug usage are points of special interest in realizing an improvement of oral health care and oral health. The Dutch Association of Nursing Home Physicians has formulated oral health care guidelines for elderly people in long-term care facilities. A research project on the effectiveness and implementation will be carried out, determining the guidelines'quality. The aim of the project is improving the quality of oral health care for and the quality of oral health and life of elderly people in long-term care facilities in The Netherlands and Flanders.
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