Oral Biol Res 2018; 42(3): 114-120  https://doi.org/10.21851/obr.42.03.201809.114
Survey for evaluating perceptions of workers in nursing homes regarding swallowing disorders
Sun-Young Yim1, Ree-Aie Ju2, Hyo-Jin Son3, Inn-Im Park4, Yu-Ri Heo1,3, Mee-Kyoung Son1,3*
1Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea 
2Agape Silver Center, Gwangju, Korea 
3Oral Biology Research Institute, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea 
4Goodface Dental Clinic, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Mee-Kyoung Son, Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Chosun University, 303 Pilmun-daero, Dong-gu, Gwangju 61452, Korea.
Tel: +82-62-220-3820, Fax: +82-62-227-7811, E-mail: son0513@chosun.ac.kr
Received: April 25, 2018; Revised: June 29, 2018; Accepted: June 29, 2018; Published online: September 30, 2018.
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This research is intended to be base data for suggestions about the role of dentists and new treatment methods for patients with swallowing disorders as a rehabilitation for oral functions under long-term care insurance for the elderly by investigating and evaluating the perception of the aged with dysphagia by the workers in nursing facilities. We analyzed 436 questionnaire surveys conducted on nursing facilities aᬀliated to the Association of Gwang-ju Welfare for the Aged through email from August 7, 2017, to September 8, 2017. Many workers in nursing facilities were concerned with the swallowing disorders among the patients, and the treatments they would request from the nursing-home dentists were dental check-ups, oral hygiene management, and eating-swallowing guidance and consultation. Our ἀndings show that reconsideration of the role of the dentists is demanded, along with the awareness of nursing facility workers on swallowing disorders and the need for relevant treatments. Also, we must secure the institutional basis where the cooperation of the nursing and medical teams can take place.
Keywords: Aging, Aspiration pneumonia, Deglutition disorders

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