Journal of Disability and Oral Health

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March 2017
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The development of a mouthcare information leaflet for carers of older people

Aim: To design a written information leaflet to support carers when providing mouthcare for older people. Method: A literature search to identify existing information leaflets, recommendations on producing written healthcare information and current evidence based oral healthcare. Searches were carried out using the key words: carer, oral health, elderly, care homes, education, training and oral health promotion plus denture cleaning, tooth brushing, diet supplements and dry mouth. A draft leaflet was then produced and assessed using the Flesch Reading Ease Score, Flesch Kincaid Grade Level, Simplified Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG) calculator, the Ensuring Quality Information for Patients tool (EQIP) and the Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT). The leaflet was peer reviewed by colleagues within Community Dental Service, Oral Health Promotion team and a Public Health Practitioner. It was further evaluated by carers using a structured questionnaire. Results: The leaflet scored well with regards to its readability and EQIP scores and could be easily understood by most carers. There were 33 respondents to the evaluation questionnaire, of which 85% felt that the leaflet was good to very good and 60% said it increased their knowledge and confidence when providing mouth care. Conclusion: A high quality, simple information leaflet was produced that supported carers when providing mouth care for older people.
Key words: Carer, oral health prevention, elderly, education, assessing healthcare information


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R Fitzpatrick, V Jones

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