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Dental Public Health In Action: Barriers to oral healthcare provision for older people in residential and nursing care homes: A mixed method evaluation and strategy development in County Durham, North East England

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Balsam Ahmad, David Landes, Professor Suzanne Moffatt


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Copyright© 2018 Dennis Barber Ltd. This paper presents a case study on the use of mixed methods in research into practice to inform policy. The study was undertaken as part of a review of oral healthcare for older people in residential and nursing care homes in County Durham, North East England. The findings highlighted challenges in the provision of good quality oral healthcare to older people in residential and nursing care homes and informed the county's oral health strategy (Durham County Council DCC, 2016). Key recommendations include the need to develop and implement a minimum set of best practice oral health standards within care home contracts and train care home staff in oral healthcare. The paper relates to two key dental public health competencies: (i) designing and using mixed method studies to address gaps in evidence and triangulating the findings from quantitative and qualitative methods; (ii) the development of evidence based policies. The research is relevant to: care home staff; commissioners in local authority adult and social care; public health practitioners; oral health improvement teams; domiciliary and special care dentists, dental commissioners, researchers and academics.

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Author(s): Ahmad B, Landes D, Moffatt S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Community Dental Health

Year: 2018

Volume: 35

Issue: 3

Pages: 136-139

Print publication date: 01/08/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

ISSN (print): 0265-539X

ISSN (electronic): 2515-1746

Publisher: FDI World Dental Press Ltd.


DOI: 10.1922/CDH_4143Ahmad04

PubMed id: 30102021


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