General health, wellbeing and oral health of patients older than 75 years attending health assessments

Dominic Keuskamp, Najith Amarasena, Madhan Balasubramanian, David S. Brennan

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Abstract

Annual health assessments by general practices for community-dwelling people aged 75 years and over are important for the early intervention and monitoring of chronic health conditions, including oral disease. Uptake of the health assessment to date has been poor, and little is known of the general and oral health profile of patients. Older patients attending health assessments at general practices in South Australia were sampled for this study. Data on demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, and patients' general and oral health, were collected by mailed questionnaire from 459 respondents. By comparison with national estimates, patients attending health assessments fared worse in many of the measures, such as self-rated general health, quality of life and the prevalence of most chronic conditions, as well as their socioeconomic circumstances. Also identified were a high degree of nutritional risk and clear need for oral health treatment, with poor self-rated oral health being three-fold higher than the national age-eligible population. Patients attending health assessments would likely benefit from nutritional screening (by a validated tool) and specific assessment of their oral health and dentition, supported by appropriate referral or intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-182
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian journal of primary health
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • oral health care
  • nutritional risk
  • older adults
  • self-rated health

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