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Development of patient-centric eating advice for complete denture wearers

Al-Sultani, Hassan, Breckons, Matthew, Field, James ORCID:, Thomason, Mark and Moynihan, Paula 2023. Development of patient-centric eating advice for complete denture wearers. Gerodontology 40 (1) , pp. 56-73. 10.1111/ger.12618

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Background Edentulous people eat less healthily, and wearing dentures impairs eating function and enjoyment. Objective To apply a sequential approach to integrate scientific evidence, and patient and professional experience to co-develop intervention to support better eating with dentures. Methods Focus groups, two with purposive samples of patients and two with dental professionals, explored experiences and opinions about advice on eating with complete dentures. Findings were distilled with evidence from the literature to underpinned concepts for eating interventions. User engagement informed prioritisation of ideas and led to the development of a leaflet on eating with dentures. Results Patients receive no advice on what they can realistically expect when eating with dentures, and professionals lacked confidence to provide eating advice. Patients did not think dentists a credible provider of eating advice, feeling peer support more appropriate and offering numerous strategies for eating with dentures. Concepts for eating intervention included a patient leaflet, Web-based eating interventions, patient support blogs, waiting room videos and improved nutrition training for dental professionals. User feedback informed prioritisation of ideas, leading to the development of a leaflet on eating with dentures. Justified by the data, the leaflet focused on patient-generated tips for overcoming the functional limitations of eating with dentures, and unobtrusive healthier eating advice. Face validity with users confirmed acceptability. Conclusion A systematic and rigorous integration of scientific evidence, expert experience and patient input has developed a patient-centric, evidence-based approach to a patent leaflet on eating with dentures that, based on initial face validity, is likely to be well received.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
ISSN: 0734-0664
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 January 2022
Date of Acceptance: 15 December 2021
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2023 00:16

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