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Improving the oral health of elderly patients in residential care: implementation and evaluation of a preventative programme

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    Dr McKenna
    Prof Donnelly
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Project Description

*SUBJECT TO FUNDING*

The oral health of older people has changed dramatically in recent years with increasing numbers retaining natural teeth into old age. Maintenance of these teeth is challenging, particularly for those living in residential care homes where dental services are difficult to deliver and many care staff receive minimal training in oral care.

This randomised trial aims to evaluate a preventative dental programme delivered by community dentists in the Western Health and Social Care Trust in residential nursing homes. All participants in the study will receive information on improving their oral care and all the care home staff will receive training from the community dentists. In addition, half the elderly participants will receive a fluoride varnish painted onto their natural teeth on two occasions 6 months apart, while the other half will not receive this intervention. All participants will be examined to check on the development of dental decay and gum disease over a 12 month period. They will also be asked to complete questionnaires recording their satisfaction with their oral health and staff will be questioned about their knowledge of oral health. The information from the two groups of elderly residents will be compared to see if the dental preventative programme had an effect on the oral health of those who randomly allocated receive it, compared to the control group.

REQUIREMENTS

Candidates should have or expect to obtain a 2:1 or higher Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant biomedical or life sciences subject.

English Language

Candidates applying from countries where the first language is not English should produce evidence of their competence through a qualification such as IELTS or TOEFL score.

The minimum recommended score for the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science is:
• IELTS score of 6.0 with not less than 5.5 in each of the four component elements of listening, reading, speaking and writing taken within the last 2 years;
• TOEFL score of 80+ (internet basted test), taken within the last 2 years, with minimum component scores of; Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17);
• A valid Certificate of Proficiency in English grade A or B;
• A valid Certificate of Advanced English grade A; or
• A first or upper second class honours degree from a university based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitably quality assured location in a country deemed by the UK Border Agency to be majority English speaking.

For a list of English Language qualifications also accepted by the School and University please see the following link:
http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/StudyatQueens/InternationalStudents/EnglishLanguageRequirements/

The English Language Unit (ELU) offers both pre-sessional and in-sessional courses in English for academic purposes and study skills. Courses vary in length and full information can be obtained from the ELU http://www.qub.ac.uk/tefl/

Funding Notes

*SUBJECT TO FUNDING*

DEL Research Studentships

Eligibility for both fees and maintenance (£14,057 for 2015/16, 2016/17 TBC) depends on the applicants being either an ordinary UK resident or those EU residents who have lived permanently in the UK for the 3 years immediately preceding the start of the studentship.

Non UK residents who hold EU residency may also apply but if successful may receive fees only.

For further details re eligibility criteria (including academic, citizenship and residency criteria) please click on the following link: http://www.delni.gov.uk/index/further-and-higher-education/higher-education/studentfinance/he-student-info-postgrad-finance.htm

References

Please visit the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Centre for Public Health, website for further details about the Centre:

http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/CentreforPublicHealth/

When applying, please choose 'MEDICINE' as your subject area/School.

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