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Oral Hygiene at Nursing Homes for Older People as Disclosed in Interviews with Nursing Staff
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

As the elderly population increases and many elderly keep their natural teeth, a consequence of this is an increased need for oral care to maintain a good oral health. In 2012 about 86,800 people older than 65 years lived in nursing homes in Sweden according to the National Board of Health and Welfare, cared for by nursing aides and nursing assistants. The aim of this study was to explore nursing staffs’ experiences of oral hygiene in two different nursing homes in rural parts of northern Sweden. We chose to use a qualitative approach with fourteen individual semi-structured interviews with the nursing staff. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyze the interviews. Our results showed that the nursing staff are well aware of the importance and need of oral care and having the best ambitions to do a good job. Although this attitude exists we found that the reality was a struggle to handle. This was mainly attributed to an effect of lack of resources and problems related to residents’ cooperation. The nursing staff were willing to do their best in every situation when helping the older persons with their oral hygiene. It is also of great importance to the nursing staff to respect the older person's autonomy and not to harm them. Sometimes these two concepts are not possible to combine which leads to the nursing staff having a moral struggle trying to do their best while still respecting the older person’s autonomy.


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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-113700OAI: diva2:889256
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Dentistry Programme
Available from: 2015-12-23 Created: 2015-12-23 Last updated: 2016-02-08Bibliographically approved

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