Assessment of dentally related functional competency for older adults with cognitive impairment—a survey for special-care dental professionals
Version of Record online: 26 DEC 2012
©2012 Special Care Dentistry Association and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Special Care in Dentistry
Volume 33, Issue 2, pages 48–55, March/April 2013
How to Cite
Chen, X. and Clark, J. J.J. (2013), Assessment of dentally related functional competency for older adults with cognitive impairment—a survey for special-care dental professionals. Special Care in Dentistry, 33: 48–55. doi: 10.1111/scd.12005
- Issue online: 1 MAR 2013
- Version of Record online: 26 DEC 2012
- functional competency;
- cognitive impairment;
- older adults
This survey was to study whether and how dental professional assess dental-related function in older adults with cognitive impairment (OACI). An invitation was sent to 525 special-care dental professionals, followed by a reminder in 2 weeks. Thirteen percent of the targeted participants completed the survey. Among them, 88% completed a hospital dentistry, geriatric dentistry, or other postgraduate training program. Nearly 70% of the respondents considered somewhat to very difficult to assess dentally related function; 45% did not ever or did not regularly assess dental-related function for OACI. Dental-related functional assessments were often based on a subjective, unstructured approach. Only 6% of the respondents routinely used standard instruments to assess the patients’ function. These results indicate that an objective functional assessment based on a standardized instrument has not been routinely incorporated into dental care for OACI, raising concerns for quality of care in this vulnerable population.