Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Michele L. Darby
Margaret B. McKinley
Call Number for Print
Special Collections LD4331.D46D656
A study was conducted to determine the effects of two oral health in-service teaching methodologies on intact groups of staff members and patients at two extended health care facilities. Oral health in-service education conducted by a dental hygienist (IV1 ); and oral health in-service education with direct guidance of the staff's oral health services to patients by the dental hygienist (IV2 ) were implemented at the Medicenters of Virginia Beach and Norfolk, respectively.
Base line and post evaluation data on the oral health status of each patient group were collected utilizing the Simplified Oral Hygiene Index. Base line and post evaluation data on the oral health knowledge and attitudes of staff and patient groups were collected utilizing a self-designed questionnaire.
Findings from the questionnaires were inconclusive. Base line, three month, and six month OHI-S scores analyzed by the Mann Whitney-U test revealed no statistically significant difference in oral hygiene status between two patient groups at the .05 level of significance.
Base line, three month, and six month OHI-S scores analyzed by the Wilcox in Matched Pairs, Signed Rank test showed that patient groups experienced a statistically significant improvement in oral hygiene status as a result of both methods of in-service education at the .05 level of significance. Results indicated that oral health in service education maintains good oral hygiene status in patients at an extended care facility.
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Doloresco, Marcia B..
"The Effects of Oral Health in-Service Education in an Extended Care Facility"
(1977). Master of Science (MS), Thesis, Dental Hygiene, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/5w2p-hq93