Improving oral hygiene for patients
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Improving oral hygiene for patients

Debbie Bonetti Senior research fellow, Dundee Dental Education Centre, University of Dundee
Victoria Hampson Senior nurse and practice development lead, Nursing and Midwifery Directorate, Ninewells Hospital
Kerry Queen Practice development nurse, Ninewells Hospital
Donna Kirk Principal co-ordinator, National Dental Strategies, NHS Tayside
Jan Clarkson Co-director, Dental Health Services Research Unit, University of Dundee
Linda Young Research manager, Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme, NHS Education for Scotland, Dundee, Scotland

Systematic reviews and patient safety initiatives recommend that oral hygiene should be part of routine patient care. However, evidence suggests it is often neglected in hospitals and care homes. Research recommends encouraging beliefs that support oral hygiene, and teaching nurses appropriate skills, as necessary prerequisites to implementing best practice in hospital wards. This article describes a pilot study of an educational workshop on oral hygiene. Results from the pilot study suggest that this workshop is a feasible intervention for a service-wide trial. The literature suggests that other interventions are required to complement this approach if nurses are to make oral hygiene a priority in daily patient care.

Nursing Standard. 29, 19,44-50. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.19.44.e9383

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 24 July 2014

Accepted: 28 August 2014