Aim: To explore patients' and healthcare professionals' (HCPs) experiences of oral care during hospitalisation to identify needs and challenges.
Background: Daily oral care is important to patients' health and well- being, to pre-vent diseases in the oral cavity, systemic infections and increased morbidity, which subsequently can lead to prolonged hospitalisation and, at worst, increased mortality. Despite this knowledge, oral care is a neglected part of nursing practice. Studies do not clearly identify barriers regarding oral care, as the existing knowledge is inadequate.
Design: A qualitative study exploring participants' experiences to gain new in-depth knowledge of oral care among hospitalised patients.
Methods: A phenomenological-hermeneutic approach was applied. Participant ob-servations were conducted on five hospital wards, combined with individual semi- structured interviews with 16 patients and 15 HCP. Data analysis was based on Ricoeur's theory of narrative and interpretation.
Results: Four themes describing the challenges regarding oral care emerged: Oral care as a gut feeling; oral care fades into the background; even self- reliant patients need help with oral care; and the mouth reflects the life lived.
Conclusions: The identified challenges show there is a need for improvement in the health professional approach to oral care in nursing practice. Focus on increasing HCPs' knowledge, skills and competences can increase their nursing agency and sup-port patients' self-care capacity.
|Translated title of the contribution
|Bedre sent end aldrig - Bring mundhygiejne tilbage i den grundlæggende sygepleje: Bør Mundhygiejne være mere end blot en mavefornemmelse? En kvalitativ undersøgelse af patienters og sundhedsprofessionelles oplevelser
|Published - Jul 2023
|ICN Concgress 2023: “Nurses together: a force for global health” - Palais des Congrès (convention centre), Montreal, Canada
Duration: 1 Jul 2023 → 5 Jul 2023