Online Program

Collaborative oral health education to promote oral health care for a special population, older adults

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Susan Parsons, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Older adults are more likely to visit a health professional more often than a dental professional during the year. Nurses have an opportunity to assist with oral care assessments while taking health histories and to make referrals to dental professionals. The oral health needs of older adults are important for nursing students and nurses to understand. Information about the oral-systemic link of oral health to overall general health, dry mouth, problems with caries and dentures which lead to pain and problems eating, poor nutrition and weight loss problems are essential information regarding oral health needs of older adults. Collaborative oral health care education, utilizing a combination of nursing and dental hygiene faculty, has been found to significantly increase nursing student knowledge regarding oral health care.A positive impact can occur, including increased knowledge, skills, positive attitudes and promotion of oral health care for older adults regarding this collaborative education project. In addition to increased student learning, a survey of the former students, now registered nurses, reported continued use of skill sets and oral care materials for older adults. This presentation will discuss the findings of a collaborative oral health education project to promote oral health care, with an emphasis on older adults.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Describe collaborative oral health education. Identify the role of nursing and dental hygiene faculty in collaborative oral health education for nursing students and nurses regarding health needs of older adults. Discuss potential outcomes of collaborative oral health education to promote oral health for older adults.

Keyword(s): Oral Health, Nursing Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract Author on the content I am responsible for because I designed this project from the beginning through the data analysis and writing of the final report.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.