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A Study on the Demand for Elderly Oral Health Educational Media Based on Community Healthcare
Int J Clin Prev Dent 2021;17(3):158-158
Published online September 30, 2021;
© 2021 International Journal of Clinical Preventive Dentistry.

Jung-Eun Park1, Ji-Liang Kim2, Jong-Hwa Jang1,2

1Department of Dental Hygiene, College of Health Science, Dankook University, Cheonan, Korea
2Department of Public Health, Graduate School, Dankook University, Cheonan, Korea
Correspondence to: Acknowledgments: This study was carried out with the support of the 2020 Civilian Routine Support Project from the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
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Objectives: The socio-economic expenses of supporting the elderly are increasing with the entry of a super-aged society. Accordingly, the demand for elderly care has increased rapidly, and the community care policy has been on the agenda in Korea due to the need for a review of health policies. The purpose of this study was to recognize the demand for elderly oral health educational media as a way of visiting oral healthcare based on community healthcare.
Methods: A questionnaire survey was administered to 193 dental hygienists and health education managers from November 20 to December 10, 2020. We analyzed results with multiple response frequency analysis and chi-squared test analysis using the SPSS Windows version 20.0 (SPSS Corp., Armonk, NY, USA).
Results: As for types of media required for elderly oral healthcare education, the model utilization was the highest at 36.6%, followed by video at 31.8%, photo at 8.8%. As a result of survey on the necessary education contents, denture care was the highest at 22.8%, and periodontal tissue care at 21.1%, followed by halitosis control and oral prophylaxis. An appropriate operation time was found to vary depending on the education experience of participants and the status of elderly oral health project participation. The persons with educational experience judged the education for 20-30 min suitable at 48 (52.7%) while the persons with no educational experience judged the education for under 20 min suitable at 36 (76.6%) (<0.001).
Conclusions: The oral healthcare education media for elderly showed the high demand on real materials, visual and auditory materials such as model utilization and video. And it seems that operation time and contents of oral healthcare education should be adjusted and performed depending on the status of elderly perception ability.
Keywords : Community healthcare, dental care for aged, dental health surveys, oral health education

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