Korean J Rehabil Nurs.  2015 Jun;18(1):1-10. 10.7587/kjrehn.2015.1.

Adapting Oral Health Care Guidelines for Nursing Home Residents in South Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Konkuk University, Chungju, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Nursing, Seoil University, Seoul, Korea. isle426@naver.com

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study attempted to adapt evidence-based oral health care guidelines for nursing home residents in South Korea.
METHODS
The manual for guideline adaptation, version 2.0, developed by the Korean National Evidence-based Healthcare Collaborating Agency was applied. On the basis of a comprehensive literature review of current research and multidisciplinary panel discussion on adapting such guidelines, we developed evidence-based guidelines for oral health at nursing homes.
RESULTS
The guidelines have three domains: oral assessment, oral hygiene care, and support and facilities. Oral assessment includes recommendations on the frequency of and tools for conducting oral health assessment. Oral hygiene care involves recommendations for care of natural teeth, denture care, xerostomia, and behavioral problems. Support and facilities refer to six components of the support system provided by facilities to encourage oral hygiene care among nursing home residents.
CONCLUSION
These adapted guidelines could be an effective method to improve oral hygiene among nursing home residents.

Keyword

Aged; Guideline; Nursing homes; Oral hygiene; Care
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