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J Gerontol Nurs. 2016 Jun 1;42(6):18-24. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20160308-01. Epub 2016 Mar 16.

Assessment of Topical Skin Care Practices in Long-Term Institutional Nursing Care from a Health Service Perspective.


Skin aging is associated with increased skin vulnerability and susceptibility to ulcerations and dermatoses, making intensive skin care required, especially for older adults. As part of a nationwide prevalence study, data of 3,385 residents 60 and older were collected to analyze skin care practices in German long-term care facilities. The objective of the current study was to gain detailed insights into frequencies of leave-on skin care product applications by nursing care professionals for older adults. The 10 most frequently treated body parts accounted for >94% of all skin applications. Variations related to gender, age, and skin areas indicate differences in perceived skin care needs, although the evidence base supporting basic skin care interventions in this setting is weak. Gender, age, and clinical status seem to influence skin care practices. These factors must be taken into account to improve topical skin care and health in long-term care. [Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 42(6), 18-24.].

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