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Aged care staff’s experiences of ‘Better Oral Health in Residential Care Training’: a qualitative study


Hoang, H and Barnett, T and Maine, G and Crocombe, L, Aged care staff's experiences of Better Oral Health in Residential Care Training': a qualitative study, Contemporary Nurse, 54, (3) pp. 268-283. ISSN 1037-6178 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10376178.2018.1493348


Background: The The Better Oral Health in Residential Care (BOHRC) Training was rolled out to Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) across Australia in 2010.

Aim: To examine aged care staff‘s views on the implementation of the BOHRC Training at their facilities; challenges that they faced in the provision of oral health care to residents and their training needs.

Methods: A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews was conducted with 20 staff across Tasmania. Interview data was thematically analysed.

Results: Major barriers reported were a lack of time, competing priorities, workload and staffing issues. The majority of participants did not receive the BOHRC training directly. Participants preferred to have practical, ‘hands-on’ training delivered on site at least every 12 months.

Conclusions: Oral hygiene training should be provided regularly to equip staff with knowledge and skills to overcome some of the challenges they face and to improve oral hygiene care provision to residents.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:residential aged care, oral health training, aged care staff, oral hygiene
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Dental health
UTAS Author:Hoang, H (Dr Ha Hoang)
UTAS Author:Barnett, T (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
UTAS Author:Maine, G (Mrs Greer Maine)
UTAS Author:Crocombe, L (Associate Professor Leonard Crocombe)
ID Code:127101
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2018-07-10
Last Modified:2018-12-10

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