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Table 3 Results of the Second & Third Round Delphi

From: Nurses’ educational needs in the oral health of inpatients at Yazd Province in Iran: a Delphi study

Item of educational needs of nurses in oral care of hospitalized patients Important Consensus
Very important Important Not important Agree Disagree
n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%)
1 Oral Anatomy and physiology 15 (30%) 32 (64%) 1 (2%) 41 (87%) 6 (13%)
2 Learning the signs and symptoms of common oral diseases 14 (29%) 29 (60.5%) 5 (10.5%) 42 (89%) 5 (11%)
3 The relationship between diseases such as respiratory diseases, diabetes, heart disease, etc. and oral health problem 11 (23%) 31 (64.5%) 6 (12.5%) 8 (17%) 39 (83%)
4 Training in managing dental emergencies (Sudden toothache, cheek swelling due to toothache, etc.). 6 (12.5%) 27 (56.25%) 15 (30.25%) 36 (77%) 11 (23%)
5 Learning the drugs that affect oral disorders (methods of treating oral problems, such as in radiotherapy) 5 (10.5%) 12 (25%) 31 (64.5%)  
6 Problems with wearing dentures and how to remove them 10 (21%) 33 (68.5%) 5 (10.5%) 11 (23%) 36 (77%)
7 Leaning the oral medications and oral medication administration 7 (15%) 34 (75%) 7 (15%) 39 (83%) 8 (17%)
8 Learning drugs that cause damage to the mouth and teeth 8 (17%) 38 (79%) 2 (4%) 36 (78%) 11 (22%)
9 Familiarity with interventions for controlling halitosis (bad breath) 8 (17%) 33 (68.5%) 7 (14.5%) 5 (11%) 42 (89%)
10 How to use dental consultation and refer to a dentist 15 (31.25%) 11 (23%) 22 (45.75%)  
11 Teaching children periodic oral examinations 12 (25%) 10 (21%) 26 (54%)
12 Brushing training for special patients 2 (4%) 18 (37.5%) 28 (58.5%)
13 Patient education for tooth brushing and taking care of the mouth, especially in the elderly patient 18 (37.5%) 29 (60.5%) 1 (2%) 98 (96%) 1 (2%)
14 Teeth fluoride varnish training 10 (21%) 5 (10.5%) 33 (68.5%)  
15 Providing oral and dental care for unconscious patients 36 (75%) 8 (17%) 4 (8%) 38 (81%) 9 (19%)
16 Providing oral and dental care for NPO patients 34 (70.5%) 8 (17%) 6 (12.5%) 40 (85%) 7 (15%)
17 Providing oral and dental care for patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy 41 (85.5%) 5 (10.5%) 2 (4%) 40 (85%) 7 (15%)
18 Providing oral and dental care for patients under oropharyngeal candidiasis 38 (79%) 9 (19%) 1 (2%) 11 (22%) 36 (78%)
19 Providing oral and dental care for patients with maxillofacial trauma 37 (77%) 10 (21%) 1 (2%) 7 (15%) 40 (85%)
20 Providing oral and dental care for patients admitted to critical care unit 41 (85.5%) 6 (12.5%) 1 (2%) 98 (96%) 1 (2%)