We will search the databases MEDLINE, EMBASE, Evidence Based Reviews—Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, CINAHL and Web of Science.A search strategy combining terms related to oral health with terms related to care providers and residents in residential long-term care facilities (nursing homes) was developed and pretested with an expert scientific librarian for each database (see online supplementary file 1 for details).
We will publish findings of this review in a peer-reviewed paper and present them at an international peer-reviewed conference.
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Introduction Oral healthcare in nursing homes is less than optimal, with severe consequences for residents' health and quality of life.
To provide the best possible oral healthcare to nursing home residents, care providers need strategies that have been proven to be effective.
Interventions applied in daily care situations did not refer specifically to situations of oral health care.50–52 Individual studies have assessed interventions to prevent or overcome responsive behaviours in situations of oral healthcare,53 54 but no systematic reviews have synthesised their evidence.
Care providers may also encounter challenges with residents who are physically and cognitively capable of performing their own oral healthcare but cannot be easily convinced to do so.
While some of these interventions effectively improve care providers' communication skills, evidence on intervention ability to change residents' behaviours is weak and inconclusive.
Many of the interventions were not applied in daily care situations, but rather within planned sessions at defined times.
Cascaes 64 assessed the evidence from studies that applied motivational interviewing to improve oral health outcomes.
However, none of the 10 studies included focus specifically on older adults or nursing home residents and the evidence is inconclusive.
We will present a narrative synthesis of study results.