publication . Other literature type . Article . 2001

Aspiration Pneumonia: Dental and Oral Risk Factors in an Older Veteran Population

Margaret S. Terpenning; George W. Taylor; Dennis E. Lopatin; Connie Kinder Kerr; B. Liza Dominguez; Walter J. Loesche;
  • Published: 01 May 2001
  • Publisher: Wiley
Abstract
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the importance of medical and dental factors in aspiration pneumonia in an older veteran population. DESIGN: Prospective enrollment of subjects with retrospective analysis of data. SETTING: Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic, inpatient ward, and nursing home. PARTICIPANTS: 358 veterans age 55 and older; 50 subjects with aspiration pneumonia. MEASUREMENTS: Demographic and medical data; functional status; health-related behaviors; dental care utilization; personal oral hygiene; comprehensive dental examination; salivary assays including IgA antibodies; and cultures of saliva, throat, and dental plaques. RESULTS: Two logisti...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: stomatognathic diseasesstomatognathic system
free text keywords: Geriatrics and Gerontology, Medicine, business.industry, business, Internal medicine, medicine.medical_specialty, Dental plaque, medicine.disease, Aspiration pneumonia, Population, education.field_of_study, education, Oral and maxillofacial pathology, Oral hygiene, Surgery, Veterans Affairs, Odds ratio, Risk factor, Physical therapy
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