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Let us talk about it: An exploratory qualitative study of older adults' priorities for oral health in North West England

Cook, Neil, Kelly, Aengus, Kanagasingam, Shalini and Tagiyeva-Milne, Nara (2023) 'Let us talk about it: An exploratory qualitative study of older adults' priorities for oral health in North West England'. Gerodontology, Vol 41, Issue 1, pp. 28-39.

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The aim of this study was to explore oral health experiences and priorities in a diverse group of adults aged over 60 in North West England, an area with high oral health inequality.

Participants were selected using purposive sample from multiple settings across the North West: community, primary dental care and residential care home. Data were collected between October 2018 and March 2019 and involved eight focus groups and three individual interviews with a total of 47 participants. The data were analysed using thematic analysis.

Four key themes were identified. The first was issues important to people over 60, which included the appearance of one's teeth, communication, continuity of care and the treatment experience. These were informed by two further themes, past experiences of treatment, which were not always favourable, and perceived barriers, such as accessing NHS dentistry, cost, physical access and oral care in institutional settings. The fourth, connected theme focussed on how oral healthcare messages for different audiences should be disseminated.

There are shortfalls in the provision of oral healthcare to older adults in the UK. Communication and continuity of care with a trusted oral healthcare provider are key priorities for this population. However, our participants felt that current public provision of dental services is not meeting their needs.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WT Geriatrics. Chronic Disease > Geriatrics > WT 100 General works
WU Dentistry. Oral Surgery > WU 20.5 Dental research (General)
Faculty: Department: Education
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Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2023 12:30
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2024 13:32


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