The francis report – implications for oral care of the elderly

Beacher, N. and Sweeney, M. P. (2015) The francis report – implications for oral care of the elderly. Dental Update, 42(4), pp. 318-323. (doi: 10.12968/denu.2015.42.4.318) (PMID:26062255)

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Oral health is an essential, yet often neglected, aspect of care in the elderly population. A mouth free of pain and disease which is functional, comfortable and aesthetic improves quality of life. Following the shocking reports of patient neglect and abuse published in the Francis Report, the dental profession must acknowledge that there are longstanding deficiencies in the provision of oral healthcare for the elderly, whether residing in care homes, hospitals or at home with support. It must be a universal goal to improve the care provision for this population through developing a greater understanding and overcoming the multi-factorial barriers to care. This article will highlight the key features of the Francis Report and its significance in the context of oral healthcare provision for the elderly. Clinical Relevance: To provide insight into the oral healthcare needs of the growing elderly population and the necessity of dealing with the current limitations in service provision.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sweeney, Dr Petrina and Beacher, Mr Nicholas
Authors: Beacher, N., and Sweeney, M. P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:Dental Update
Publisher:Mark Allen Group

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