Apr 27 2015
Date: April 30, 2015 (Thursday)
Time: 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Venue: The Lounge, 7/F, The Prince Philip Dental Hospital
Presenter: Dr. Ab Malik Normaliza Binti, PhD Candidate
Title: Oral Health Promotion Intervention Among Stroke-Carers and Patients
Abstract: Disability caused by stroke can decrease patients’ quality of life through impacts on daily life activities. Rehabilitation services for patients with stroke are dedicated to improve the condition of patients and to support independence through education and training. Oro-motor function and clearance are commonly perturbed following stroke, and daily toothbrushing is also impaired due to reduced manual dexterity. Dental plaque accumulates at a faster rate, and opportunistic bacteria and yeast proliferate. While maintenance of oral health is a great challenge for patients after stroke, health care staff and caregivers are ideally positioned to support and assist these patients to maintain oral hygiene so as to prevent not only oral diseases but also life-threatening infections such as aspiration pneumonia. Evaluations of oral care provided by caregivers and approaches for optimizing such care have received little attention. Thus, this study aims to evaluate the factors that determine the oral health behavior of stroke care providers, and the impact of a tailored Computer-Assisted-Learning (CAL) programme.
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