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Raising awareness of oral health care in patients with schizophrenia

Sze, T. W. and Tredget, J. 2019. Raising awareness of oral health care in patients with schizophrenia. Nursing Times 115 (12) , pp. 21-25.

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Oral health is an integral part of physical health and poor oral health, can have wider implications for disease and wellbeing. People with severe mental illness have poorer oral and physical health than the general population, but oral health is still overlooked in routine care. This article describes a service evaluation to raise the profile of oral health with patients being treated for schizophrenia, their family members and carers, and clinicians involved in their care. Interviews with 106 patients with schizophrenia revealed that 95% had not been asked about their oral health by clinicians and that those who smoked were the least likely to have visited a dentist. An oral health promotion leaflet was developed to help raise awareness among patients and clinicians.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Publisher: EMAP
ISSN: 0954-7762
Date of Acceptance: 5 June 2019
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 12:10

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