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Aust Dent J. 2005 Jun;50(2):75-80.

The practical oral care video--evaluation of a dental awareness month initiative.

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Preventive and Community Dentistry, The University of Iowa, USA.



A collaborative effort for the Australian Dental Association's Dental Awareness Month in 2002 included the production of 'Practical Oral Care - a video for residential care staff'. This evaluation of the project aimed to profile the video purchasers, evaluate the usefulness and appropriateness of the video and accompanying booklet using a mailed questionnaire, and elicit appropriate and practical themes for future geriatric oral health promotion and research.


A national mail-out of evaluation questionnaires was undertaken to all purchasers of the video.


Of the 792 purchasers at the time of the project, 294 questionnaires were returned with 83.7 per cent from residential aged care facilities, 12.6 per cent from dental professionals and 3.7 per cent from health educators. The great majority of purchasers agreed or strongly agreed that the booklet was practical and useful, video was the best format, video length was appropriate, content was realistic, the video assisted staff to identify residents at risk for dental problems and better meet their oral care needs, and improved awareness about oral care issues. Analysis of purchasers' comments highlighted the need for the production of videos on more specific practical oral care issues with behaviourally difficult residents and residents with dementia, to be supplemented with a self-directed learning package.


The Practical Oral Care video was a successful national collaborative geriatric oral health promotion initiative and provided the opportunity to increase awareness about oral care issues in residential care.

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