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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic Situation on Oral Health Management of the Frail Elderly: Focus Group Interview Applied

  • The Journal of Transdisciplinary Studies
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2021, 5(1), pp.31-40
  • Publisher : The Society for Transdisciplinary Studies
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : May 25, 2021
  • Accepted : June 16, 2021
  • Published : June 30, 2021

Nam.y.o 1 Lee Kyeonghee 2

1원광보건대학교
2신한대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The present study aimed to investigate the oral health of the elderly since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and to examine the associated problems in depth. The actual condition of the oral hygiene management of the elderly was investigated by interviewing care workers who have been caring for the elderly for more than three years in nursing homes, nursing hospitals, and home-based care service centers in the Seoul and Gyeonggi areas. Three categories were identified based on the results of in-depth interviews: oral health of the elderly, education of care workers for oral health care of the elderly, and changes following the COVID-19 pandemic. The main topics included the oral condition of the elderly, oral healthcare for the elderly, differences based on facilities and guardians, need for support, current status of education for oral healthcare for the elderly, willingness to participate in education for oral healthcare for the elderly, desired type of education, depression and atrophy in the elderly, anxiety of care workers, and difficulties associated with oral health problems in the elderly. Based on the above results, there was no significant difference in the oral health care methods of the elderly since the COVID-19 pandemic, but situations in which it is difficult to receive treatment smoothly when a health or oral health problem occurred were having a negative effect on the health of the elderly.

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