Nursing Students' Knowledge of the Importance of Oral Hygiene for Patients with Dysphagia Courtney Montgomery, M.A., Martin Diebold, Ed.D., Karen Brown, Ph.D., Tamara Cranfill, Ph.D. Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY . Questionnaire (See handout for answer choices)
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Nursing Students' Knowledge of the Importance of Oral Hygiene for Patients with Dysphagia
Courtney Montgomery, M.A., Martin Diebold, Ed.D., Karen Brown, Ph.D., Tamara Cranfill, Ph.D.
Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
(See handout for answer choices)
1. Dysphagia is the medical term for...
2. When a swallowing disorder is suspected, who has the primary responsibility for assessing, diagnosing, and providing direct intervention for dysphagia?
3. How important is it to perform daily oral hygiene for elders who are being tube fed?
4. What is the leading cause of death in the elderly population living in nursing homes?
5. Swallowing difficulties are most common in (age level)...
6. Who has the primary responsibility for developing routine oral hygiene care plans for individuals with dsyphagia in long-term care facilities?
7. Who has primary responsibility for performing routine oral hygiene care for individuals in long-term facilities?
8. How often do elders with dentures need to have them brushed/cleaned?
9. What is the relationship between individuals with dysphagia and the risk for pneumonia in long-term facilities?
10. Aspiration is the term that means...
11. What percentage of individuals with dsyphagia experience aspiration?
12. How often do elders with their natural teeth need to have them brushed?
13. Aspiration is most closely associated with...
14-16. See handout
17. The percent of nursing home residents who have swallowing difficulties is...
18. What is the relationship between dependency for oral hygiene care and the risk for pneumonia in long-term care facilities?
This study was conducted to determine if the depth of knowledge about dysphagia, oral hygiene, and their association with aspiration pneumonia varies according to level of nursing education.
Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) revealed significant differences (p=<.05) between CNA, LPN, ADRN, and BDRN students for the group means for correct responses. The group of CNA students had significantly fewer correct responses than the groups of LPN, ADRN, and BDRN students. A Chi-Square item analysis showed the greatest degree of variability, with significant differences between the groups (p=.0028), on four questionnaire items: #6, #7, #10, and #18.