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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 122-128

Oral health care education and its effect on caregivers' knowledge, attitudes, and practices: A randomized controlled trial


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Kurunji Venkatramana Gowda, Dental College and Hospital, Sullia, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sarjug Dental College and Hospital, Laheriasarai, Darbhanga, Bihar, India
3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Shrinivasa Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
5 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Shrinivasa Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Sanjeev Khanagar
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Kurunji Venkatramana Gowda, Dental College and Hospital, Sullia, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2231-0762.139843

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Background: The population of older people as well as the number of dependent older people is steadily increasing. Those unable to live independently at home are being cared for in a range of settings. Practical training for nurses and auxiliary care staff has frequently been recommended as a way of improving oral health care for functionally dependent elderly. Aim: To evaluate an oral health education program for the caretakers of institutionalized elderly. Materials and Methods: The study was a cluster randomized intervention trial with an elderly home as the unit of randomization. Seven out of 65 elderly homes accommodating a total of 78 caretakers and 462 elderly residents were selected in Bangalore city, India, out of which 3 elderly homes were assigned to the intervention group and 4 to the control group. Oral health knowledge of caretakers was assessed using a pre-tested proforma; later, oral health education was provided to the caretakers of the intervention group. Oral health education was given at the end of 6 months to the caretakers of the control group. Chi-square test, Fisher exact test, and paired proportion test were used for statistical analysis. Results: There was significant improvement in the oral health knowledge of the caretakers from baseline in the interventional group. Conclusion: The results of the present study showed that there was a significant improvement in the oral health knowledge among the caretakers. Educating the caretakers for assisting or enabling residents for maintaining oral hygiene is essential.


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