Hearts and mouths: perceptions of oral hygiene by at-risk heart surgery patients

@article{Lowry2005HeartsAM,
  title={Hearts and mouths: perceptions of oral hygiene by at-risk heart surgery patients},
  author={Raymond J. Lowry and Peter Maunder and Jimmy George Steele and Jackie Colligan and Carl A. Beard and Jennel Harvey and Greg Erdos},
  journal={British Dental Journal},
  year={2005},
  volume={199},
  pages={449-451}
}
Objective To assess and use the attitudes of patients who are placed at risk after valvular heart surgery due to the connection between poor oral hygiene, valvular heart disease/surgery and the risk of developing infective endocarditis.Design A qualitative (focus group) design based study carried out on subjects three months post heart surgery.Method There were five focus groups of five participants each convened by an experienced moderator.Results These portrayed an apparent pressing desire by… CONTINUE READING