Staff-led interventions for improving oral hygiene in patients following stroke

Marian C. Brady*, Denise Furlanetto, Romana Hunter, Steff C. Lewis, Vikki Milne

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For people with limitations due to neurological conditions such as stroke, the routine practice of oral care may become a challenge. Evidence-based supported oral care intervention is essential for this patient group. The objective of this research was to compare the effectiveness of staff-led oral care interventions with standard care for ensuring oral hygiene for individuals after a stroke. Based on one study with a small number of stroke survivors, providing oral care training for carers in a nursing home setting improves their knowledge of and attitudes towards the provision of oral care. In turn, residents' dentures were cleaner, though other oral hygiene measures did not change. Further evidence relating to oral care interventions is severely lacking, in particular with reference to care in hospital for those following stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2006


  • stroke
  • rehabilitation
  • oral hygiene


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