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

Hoang, H ORCID: 0000-0001-5116-9947, Barnett, T ORCID: 0000-0002-1376-6414, Maine, G and Crocombe, L ORCID: 0000-0002-3916-0058 2018 , 'Aged care staff’s experiences of ‘Better Oral Health in Residential Care Training’: a qualitative study' , Contemporary Nurse, vol. 54, no. 3 , pp. 268-283 , doi: 10.1080/10376178.2018.1493348.

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Background: The The Better Oral Health in Residential Care (BOHRC) Training was rolled outto 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 theirfacilities; challenges that they faced in the provision of oral health care to residents and theirtraining needs.Methods: A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews was conducted with 20 staffacross Tasmania. Interview data was thematically analysed.Results: Major barriers reported were a lack of time, competing priorities, workload andstaffing 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 every12 months.Conclusions: Oral hygiene training should be provided regularly to equip staff with knowledgeand skills to overcome some of the challenges they face and to improve oral hygiene careprovision to residents.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hoang, H and Barnett, T and Maine, G and Crocombe, L
Keywords: residential aged care; oral health training; aged care staff; oral hygiene
Journal or Publication Title: Contemporary Nurse
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1037-6178
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/10376178.2018.1493348
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