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Medical and functional status changes among nursing facility residents: implications for dentistry.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Special care in dentistry : official publication of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped, and the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry
Publication Date
Volume
16
Issue
1
Pages
22–25
Identifiers
PMID: 9084330
Source
Medline

Abstract

This paper reports the results of a study that investigated changes in the medical and functional status of nursing facility residents over a 2.9 year period. Sixty-seven residents from 10 nursing facilities were included in the study, which demonstrated that the resident's medical and functional status deteriorated during this period. These changes adversely affected the residents' ability to receive recommended dental treatment, suggesting that early, definitive, and often aggressive treatment approaches be used in providing services to these individuals.

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