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Oral care experiences of palliative care patients their relatives/carers and healthcare professionals: A qualitative systematic review

Brenades Delgado, M; Plessas, A; Burns, L; Nielens, H; Griffiths, S; Latour, J; (2021) Oral care experiences of palliative care patients their relatives/carers and healthcare professionals: A qualitative systematic review. International Journal of Palliative Nursing , 27 (10) 10.12968/ijpn.2021.27.10.504.

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Aim: To explore the oral care experiences of palliative care patients and of those who support or deliver oral care to these patients: nurses, doctors, dentists, their relatives and carers. // Data Sources: An electronic search of the databases included: Embase, MEDLINE, DOSS, AMED and PsycINFO was performed. // Data selection: Six articles were included in the final synthesis. // Data extraction: Thematic analysis was applied by two researchers. // Data synthesis: Three themes were identified: ‘performing oral care’, ‘effects on oral health’ and ‘challenges in palliative care’. // Conclusions: Despite similarities of oral care experiences, this review identified some differences, crucially in terms of the wider impact of oral symptoms, namely social interactions with others and challenges to oral care. This confirms the need to investigate these topics further in relation to different stakeholders, such as nurses; and to have consistent guidance to facilitate the provision of effective oral care to palliative care patients.

Type: Article
Title: Oral care experiences of palliative care patients their relatives/carers and healthcare professionals: A qualitative systematic review
DOI: 10.12968/ijpn.2021.27.10.504
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2021.27.10.504
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Primary Care and Population Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10132879
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