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  • 1.
    Andersson, Maria
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences (from 2013).
    Oral care quality in intensive care units and short-term care units: Nursing staff and older people's perspectives2019Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The overall aim of this thesis was to investigate oral care and its quality through the perspectives of nursing staff in intensive care units and short-term care units and from the perspectives of older people in short-term care units. Methods: The mix-method study (I) had a concurrent embedded design and was cross-sectional. Eighty-eight intensive care nurses (response rate (RR) 40%) responded to the Nursing Care related to Oral Health questionnaire, and the data were analysed with analytic statistics and qualitative content analysis. The quantitative studies (II-IV), which were also cross-sectional, included 432 nursing staff in intensive care and short-term care (RR 51–52%) and 391 older people (RR 77%) in short-term care units. Participants responded to the modified version of the Quality from Patients’ Perspective instrument and provided information about person-related conditions. Descriptive and analytical statistics were used. Main results: Intensive care nurses perceived having the antecedents, knowledge, and skills to provide optimal oral care quality, but the result indicated that they were having difficulties putting these into practice (I). Areas for improvement in oral care quality were identified in both care environments (II). Older people preferred personalised information about oral health and oral care (III). Nursing staff as well as older people’s perceptions of oral care quality and its humanity aspects, seemed to be related to person-related conditions and differed between the two care environments. In short-term care, nursing staff’s preferences for the humanity aspects of oral care quality were higher compared to older people’s preferences (IV). Conclusion: Oral care is complicated and proactive and requires registered nurses’ and other nursing staff’s attention as well as educational and organisational initiatives. Many older people were assessed to have oral health problems. With early identification and optimal oral care, unnecessary suffering might be prevented. The identified quality improvement areas might guide RNs, nurse managers, and other nursing staff to further oral care quality development.

  • 2.
    Andersson, Maria
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.
    Hall-Lord, Marie Louise
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.
    Wilde-Larsson, Bodil
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.
    Persenius, Mona
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.
    Patient photographs-A landmark for the ICU staff: A descriptive study.2013In: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, ISSN 0964-3397, E-ISSN 1532-4036, Vol. 29, no 4, p. 193-201Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate ICU staff's perceptions of photographs displayed at the bedsides of unconscious patients and whether profession, years in ICU and work status had any influence on these perceptions.

    RESEARCH METHODOLOGY: A cross-sectional study was used comprising a questionnaire with statements and one open-ended question. All registered nurses, enrolled nurses and anaesthetists working in one ICU in Sweden were included. A total of 85 participants returned a questionnaire (response rate=77%).

    RESULTS: The findings of the study revealed that a photograph of the patient helped the ICU staff to relate to the patient as a person. Profession, years in ICU and work status had influence on the ICU staff's perceptions. From the content analysis two categories emerged: "getting closer and see the person" and "a landmark bringing hope".

    CONCLUSION: The ICU staff need to consider how close to the patient they want to be and why the patient's recovery is worth striving for. Keeping a professional approach is one of the challenges of working in ICU. A photograph can be an inexpensive and easy way of preventing the loss of identity of the patient as an individual within the technocratic environments of the ICU.

  • 3.
    Andersson, Maria
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences (from 2013).
    Wilde-Larsson, Bodil
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences (from 2013).
    Carlsson, Eva
    Örebro universitet.
    Persenius, Mona
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences (from 2013).
    Older people's perceptions of the quality of oral care in short-term care units: A cross-sectional study2018In: International Journal of Older People Nursing, ISSN 1748-3735, E-ISSN 1748-3743, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 1-14, article id e12185Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: There is a lack of knowledge about oral care among older people living in short-term care (STC) units and how the quality of oral care provided by nursing staff is perceived by the older people. Aim: To (i) describe person-related conditions among older people in STC, (ii) describe and compare perceptions of the quality of oral care (including perceptions of care received and the subjective importance of such care), within and between older people who have the ability to perform oral self-care and those who are dependent on help with oral care and (iii) examine the relationship between person-related conditions and the quality of oral care. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted with 391 older people in STC units in Sweden based on self-reported questionnaire and clinical assessments. Results: The older people were assessed as having normal oral health (2%), moderate oral health problems (78%) or severe oral health problems (20%). When comparing older people's perceptions of quality of oral care in terms of perceived reality and subjective importance, significant differences appeared within and between groups. Psychological well-being had a significant relationship with perception of the quality of oral care (both perceived reality and subjective importance), and gender and oral health status had a significant relationship with subjective importance. Conclusions: Older people's perceptions of areas for improvement regarding quality of oral care is a new and important knowledge for nursing staff in STC units. Older people want personalised information regarding oral health and oral care. Registered Nurses who take the responsibility in nursing care for older people's oral health may avoid unnecessary suffering by older people caused by oral health problems. Implications for practice: Older people's perspective is an important component for quality work and might lead to improvements in the quality of oral care in STC. © 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  • 4.
    Andersson, Maria
    et al.
    Karlstad University.
    Wilde-Larsson, Bodil
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences (from 2013).
    Persenius, Mona
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Nursing.
    Identifierade förbättringsområden inom omvårdnad av munhälsa utifrån intensivvårdssjuksköterskors uppfattning om vårdkvalitet2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 5.
    Andersson, Maria
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences (from 2013).
    Wilde-Larsson, Bodil
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences (from 2013).
    Persenius Wentzel, Mona
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences (from 2013).
    Intensive care nurses fail to translate knowledge and skills into practice: A mixed-methods study on perceptions of oral care2019In: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, ISSN 0964-3397, E-ISSN 1532-4036, Vol. 52, p. 51-62Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: To identify intensive care nurses’ perceptions of oral care according to Coker et al.'s (2013) conceptual framework and to contribute to the knowledge base of oral care in intensive care. Design/methods: This was a concurrent embedded mixed-methods design, with more weight given to the quantitative part. Participants responded to the Nursing Care related to Oral Health questionnaire, including perceptions of oral care antecedents (18 items), defining attributes (17 items), and consequences (6 items) and two open-ended questions. The data were analysed with descriptive and correlation statistics and qualitative content analysis. Setting: Intensive care nurses (n = 88) in six general intensive care units. Results: Intensive care nurses perceived that an important part of nursing care was oral care, especially to intubated patients. They perceived that the nursing staff was competent in oral care skills and had access to different kinds of equipment and supplies to provide oral care. The oral cavity was inspected on a daily basis, mostly without the use of any assessment instruments. Oral care seemed to be task-oriented, and documentation of the patients’ experiences of the oral care process was rare. Conclusions: The antecedents, knowledge and skills are available to provide quality oral care, but intensive care nurses seem to have difficulties translating these components into practice. Thus they might have to shift their task-oriented approach towards oral care to a more person-centred approach in order to be able to meet patients’ needs. © 2018 Elsevier Ltd

  • 6.
    Andersson, Maria
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences (from 2013).
    Wilde-Larsson, Bodil
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences (from 2013).
    Persenius Wentzel, Mona
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences (from 2013).
    Oral care: identifying quality improvement areas2019In: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, ISSN 0952-6862, E-ISSN 1758-6542, Vol. 32, no 1, p. 45-58Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: To describe and compare nurses' and healthcare assistants' oral care qualityperceptions, including perceived reality and subjective importance, to identify improvementareas in intensive care and short-term care, and to explore potential nursing satisfactionpredictors regarding oral care.Design/methodology/approach: Swedish staff, 154 within intensive care and 278 withinshort-term care responded to a modified Quality of Care from a Patient Perspectivequestionnaire. Descriptive and analytical statistics were used.Findings: Staff scored oral care quality both high and low in relation to perceived reality andsubjective importance. Improvement areas were identified, despite high satisfaction valuesregarding oral care. Setting, subjective importance, and perceived reality explained 51.5% ofthe variance in staff satisfaction regarding oral care quality.Practical implications: Quality improvements could guide oral care development.Originality/value: This study describes oral care by comparing nurse perceptions of howimportant they perceive different oral care aspects and to what extent these oral care aspectsare performed.

  • 7.
    Andersson, Maria
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences (from 2013).
    Wilde-Larsson, Bodil
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences (from 2013).
    Persenius Wentzel, Mona
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences (from 2013).
    Oral care quality - do humanity aspects matter? Nursing staff and older people's perspectivesManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Hagglund, Patricia
    et al.
    Umea Univ, Fac Med, Dept Odontol, Oral & Maxillofacial Radiol, SE-90187 Umea, Sweden..
    Olai, Lena
    Dalarna Univ, Sch Educ Hlth & Social Sci, Falun, Sweden.;Uppsala Univ, Dept Publ Hlth & Caring Sci, Family Med & Prevent Med Sect, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Stahlnacke, Katri
    Publ Dent Hlth Serv, Orebro Cty Reg, Orebro, Sweden.;Orebro Univ, Fac Hlth & Med, Orebro, Sweden..
    Wentzel Persenius, Mona
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Nursing. Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences. Karlstad Univ, Fac Hlth Sci & Technol, Dept Hlth Sci, Karlstad, Sweden..
    Hagg, Mary
    Cty Council Gavleborg, Hudiksvall Hosp, Speech & Swallowing Ctr, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Hudiksvall, Sweden.;Uppsala Univ, Ctr Res & Dev, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Andersson, Maria
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.
    Koistinen, Susanne
    Dalarna Univ, Sch Educ Hlth & Social Sci, Falun, Sweden.;Orebro Univ, Fac Hlth & Med, Sch Hlth Sci, Orebro, Sweden..
    Carlsson, Eva
    Rebro Univ, Fac Hlth & Med, Univ Hlth Care Res Ctr, Orebro, Sweden..
    Study protocol for the SOFIA project: Swallowing function, Oral health, and Food Intake in old Age: a descriptive study with a cluster randomized trial2017In: BMC Geriatrics, ISSN 1471-2318, E-ISSN 1471-2318, Vol. 17, article id 78Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Extensive studies have shown that older people are negatively impacted by impaired eating and nutrition. The abilities to eat, enjoy food, and participate in social activities associated with meals are important aspects of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and recovery after illness. This project aims to (i) describe and analyze relationships between oral health and oral HRQoL, swallowing ability, eating ability, and nutritional risk among older individuals admitted to short-term care; (ii) compare the perceptions that older individuals and staff report on care quality related to oral hygiene and eating; and (iii) study the feasibility and effects of a training program for people with impaired swallowing (i.e., dysphagia). Methods/Design: This project consists of two parts, which will be performed in five Swedish counties. It will include approximately 400 older individuals and 200 healthcare professionals. Part 1 is a cross-sectional, descriptive study of older people admitted to short-term care. Subjects will be assessed by trained professionals regarding oral health status, oral HRQoL, eating and nutritional risk, and swallowing ability. Swallowing ability will be measured with a teaspoon test and a swallowing capacity test (SCT). Furthermore, subjects and staff will complete a questionnaire regarding their perceptions of care quality. Part 2 is a cluster randomized intervention trial with controls. Older participants with dysphagia (i.e., SCT < 10 ml/s, measured in part 1) will be recruited consecutively to either the intervention or control group, depending on where they were admitted for short-term care. At baseline, all subjects will be assessed for oral health status, oral HRQoL, eating and nutritional risk, swallowing ability, and swallowing-related QoL. Then, the intervention group will receive 5 weeks of training with an oral screen for neuromuscular training focused on orofacial and pharyngeal muscles. After completing the intervention, and at six months post-intervention, all assessments will be repeated in both study groups. Discussion: The results will make important contributions to rehabilitation knowledge, including approaches for improving swallowing function, oral health, and food intake and for improving the quality of oral care for older people.

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