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Perceived oral health needs in psychiatric in-patients: impact of a dedicated dental clinic

  • Tom Stevens (a1), Joanne Spoors (a2), Rob Hale (a3) and Helen Bembridge (a3)
Abstract
Aims and method

We have audited the impact of a dedicated dental clinic on the oral health needs of an inner-city in-patient psychiatric population. A questionnaire assessing patient perception of oral health was undertaken on in-patient wards before opening a dental clinic on the hospital site and 5 months after.

Results

The audit suggested improvements in patients' perception of oral health, behaviour directed at oral hygiene and knowledge of accessing services after initiation of a dedicated in-patient dental clinic.

Clinical implications

Psychiatric in-patient settings may provide important opportunities for oral health promotion and intervention. This is a neglected component of in-patient care.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Perceived oral health needs in psychiatric in-patients: impact of a dedicated dental clinic

  • Tom Stevens (a1), Joanne Spoors (a2), Rob Hale (a3) and Helen Bembridge (a3)
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