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Developing a questionnaire to assess the perception, knowledge, and attitude of nursing students in providing oral health care to older people, and associated influential factors

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Bhagat, V and Hoang, H and Crocombe, LA and Goldberg, LR, Developing a questionnaire to assess the perception, knowledge, and attitude of nursing students in providing oral health care to older people, and associated influential factors, Australian Journal of Nursing Research, 2, (2) ISSN 2652-9386 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.53634/2652-9386.100030

Abstract

Objective: Developing a questionnaire to assess the perception, knowledge, and attitude of nursing students in providing oral health care to older people, and associated influential factors.

Background:

Study design and methods: The questionnaire was developed following a standardised protocol consisting of a literature review, group discussions, and expert opinions. The 49-item questionnaire was then pilot tested through a cross-sectional online survey conducted with 26 participants in Australia who were recent nursing graduates or about to graduate with a Bachelor of Nursing degree.

Results: The questionnaire demonstrated satisfactory content, face, and construct validity. The internal consistency (reliability) as measured by Cronbach’s alpha coefficient, of the perception, knowledge, and attitude sections of the questionnaire was 0.82, 0.76, and 0.60, respectively.

Discussion and conclusions: The questionnaire is suggested as a helpful beginning to systematically evaluate what nursing students have learned about oral health care for older adults in their Bachelor of Nursing programs, their perception and attitude about providing such care, and identifying influential factors such as age, gender, experience, nationality, and geographic location, and working in interprofessional teams. Completion of the questionnaire by a larger number of participants will be valuable to confirm these psychometric results.

Impact: Using this questionnaire to identify gaps in the oral health education of nursing students will assist educators and increase students’ awareness of the association between oral and systemic health and prepare them for holistic and effective nursing practice. Nursing graduates skilled in providing oral health care through interprofessional practice can improve older people’s oral and systemic health.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:oral health, oral care, older people, nursing, attitudes, education, understanding, knowledge, curricula, interprofessional
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing workforce
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Dental health
UTAS Author:Bhagat, V (Miss Vandana Bhagat)
UTAS Author:Hoang, H (Dr Ha Hoang)
UTAS Author:Crocombe, LA (Associate Professor Leonard Crocombe)
UTAS Author:Goldberg, LR (Associate Professor Lyn Goldberg)
ID Code:146580
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2021-09-14
Last Modified:2021-10-29
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