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  • Babette Everaars
    HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
  • Katarina Jerković-Ćosić
    HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
  • Gert Jan van der Putten
    HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
  • Ian Pretty
    University of Manchester
  • Paul Brocklehurst
Retaining natural teeth for longer, together with increasing care dependency in the elderly, has the potential to hamper adequate oral self-care and service provision. The aim of this qualitative study was to compare and contrast views from a multi-stakeholder perspective on the future priorities for oral health care services of older people in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. A participatory setting partnership was undertaken with 4 key stakeholder groups in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. A final consensus group considered collective responses. The views of the different groups were recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed thematically. Two main themes derived: “individual well-being” and “underlying principles of service provision.” Codes relating to principles of service provision focused on the importance of developing quality criteria, improving access, prevention and screening, awareness raising, education and training, together with multidisciplinary care. In both countries, oral health was seen as an important element of “individual well-being,” and a number of “principles of service provision” were suggested. This contrasts with the current lack of evidence-based treatments and quality criteria that are available for dependent older people.


  • Elderly, Oral health, Service Provision
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-684
JournalInternational Journal of Health Services
Issue number4
Early online date23 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

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