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CORAL – Connecting ORAL health-and home care service for patients receiving home care in Norway

Authors:

Silje Havrevold Henni ,

University of Oslo,Faculty Of Medicine, Department Of Nursing Science, Norway, NO
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Vibeke Ansteinsson,

NO
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Ragnhild Hellesø,

NO
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Ewa Hovden

NO
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Abstract

Introduction

The population of older persons is growing worldwide. Caring for older patients in their homes is

becoming the preferred model of health care delivery. However, the model results in increased need

for coordinated and integrated forms of care provision as older adults have often complex health

problems. Although oral diseases are the most common of the chronic diseases for older adults,

oral health care has been neglected in health care services. This is mostly, due to knowledge gaps,

disintegrated and fragmented healthcare services and blurred responsibility between different

levels of care. It is urgent to include oral health in the integrated care perspective for older adults

receiving home care services to avoid unnecessary health deterioration, increased care dependency

and utilization of health care services. Therefore, the aim of CORAL is to provide a generic

scientific-based integrated care model for connecting home health care and oral health services.

Methods

CORAL is constructed in 3 stages by following the UK Medical Research Council’s framework for

complex intervention:1) Acquisition of knowledge about oral- health and health care service

delivery for older adults in home care services; 2) Development of an inter-professional and inter-

service collaboration model for connecting the oral health service with the home care service based

on the acquired knowledge and a co-creation approach; 3) Evaluation of the implementation

process and effectiveness on cost and service utilisation.

Results and discussions

To provide an integrated care model for connecting home health care and oral health services, it is

important to acquire knowledge regarding the oral health status of older adults living at home and

regarding home care nurses’ experience with promoting oral health in older adults. Thus, we have

conducted a scoping review on the oral health status and oral health-related quality of life among

older adults receiving home care services and a scoping review on the oral health care-related

beliefs among home care professionals and their attitudes toward promoting oral health in older

adults receiving home care services. The reviews have given us an international insight and the

knowledge acquired from these studies will be used in developing the model by a co-creation

process.

Conclusions

CORAL will provide the answers to some of the demographic, structural, organisational, economical

and societal challenges. The outcome will contribute to the connection of home care services and

Henni: CORAL – Connecting ORAL health-and home care service for patients receiving home care in Norway

oral health services for older adults. It will facilitate knowledge-based and sustainable services and

politics. This will reduce costs, increase patient safety and improve quality and efficiency of care.

Lessons learned

COVID-19 has made it challenging to carry out research activities involving patients and healthcare

professionals. We have learned that we must adapt and use alternative methods when necessary.

Limitations

The CORAL model will be strongly based on Norwegian conditions, which means that other

countries wishing to implement the model may have to make country specific or regional

adaptations.

Suggestions for future research

Our aim for further research is to apply for more funding to implement the CORAL model nationwide

in Norway as a continuation of the CORAL-project

How to Cite: Henni SH, Ansteinsson V, Hellesø R, Hovden E. CORAL – Connecting ORAL health-and home care service for patients receiving home care in Norway. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2022;22(S1):112. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.ICIC21140
Published on 08 Apr 2022.

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