Review of the evidence to support oral hygiene in stroke patients
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Review of the evidence to support oral hygiene in stroke patients

Terence Kelly Education and development practitioner, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sally Timmis Stroke specialist nurse, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Timothy Twelvetree Research fellow, The University of Manchester and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Maintaining good oral hygiene in patients who have had a stroke is an essential part of care. This literature review highlights the poor provision of such care in acute medical and rehabilitation settings. It reveals a lack of evidence for current practices and suggests that research may be helpful in defining which nursing interventions are most effective.

Nursing Standard. 24, 37,35-38. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.05.24.37.35.c7778

Correspondence

terence.kelly@cmft.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review