The actual situation and challenges in oral care performed by speech-language-hearing therapists: Results of a questionnaire survey Hiyori Makino 1,2,3 , Toko Hayakawa 1,2,3 , Masahiko Yamamoto 1,4 , Nagato Natsume 1,2,4 1Faculty of Psychological and Physical Science, Aichi Gakuin University 2Division of Research and Treatment for Oral and Maxillofacial Congenital Anomalies, School of Dentistry, Aichi Gakuin University 3Cleft Lip and Palate Center, Aichi Gakuin University Dental Hospital 4Aichi Gakuin University Dental Hospital Keyword: 口腔ケア , 言語聴覚士 , 口腔ケア実施の状況 , 口腔ケア教育の必要性 , oral care , speech-language-hearing therapist , situation regarding performing oral care , necessity of oral care education pp.148-154
Published Date 2018/9/15
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.6001200186
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 With the objective of acquiring basic data for investigating the effects of oral care to improve eating, swallowing, vocalization, and speech functions, we conducted a questionnaire survey regarding the situation in which oral care is performed by speech-language-hearing therapists(SHLTs) and interviewed SLHTs regarding their expectations in oral care and the challenges they face. The results revealed that many SLHTs were performing oral care in clinical practice with several objectives including: improving eating and swallowing functions, preventing aspiration pneumonia, maintaining oral hygiene, and improving articulatory functions. The results also revealed that some SLHTs were providing treatments such as tartar removal that only dentists and dental hygienists are legally permitted to perform. These findings highlighted the necessity and urgency of oral care education for SLHTs.

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