Looking after your teeth and gums after you have had a stroke

Study summary

When you have had a stroke, being able to care for your teeth or dentures and gums can sometimes be very difficult.  This might be because  your body does not respond in the same way or there might be other reasons why looking after your mouth and gums is hard.

Researchers  are working together with stroke survivors and their carers to find out how they can improve oral self-care when someone has had a stroke.

The team want to develop a toolkit for stroke survivors that could be available after someone has been discharged from hospital to help support them to care for their mouth and gums.

Who can take part?

You are eligible to take part if:

  • You have had a stroke more than two months ago
  • You require assistance with a least one element of your daily living OR you have experienced difficulty looking after your own mouth care (including cleaning your teeth or dentures) at any time since your stroke
  • You are over 18 years of age
  • You live in your own home or with a friend/relative in the Greater Manchester area

What will the research involve?

The project is being run in two phases:

Phase 1 – Interviews with stroke survivors in their own homes to assess the issues around mouth care. Carers may be present and participate if necessary. The interviews will last approx. 1 hour and will be audio and/or video recorded.

Phase 2 – Workshops with additional stroke survivors and healthcare professionals to review the video footage from phase 1. This will allow the team  to identify which issues are important to stroke survivors and their carers and how they can work together with stroke survivors to design an intervention.

Stroke survivors will attend three  workshops over six months, each workshop lasting up to three hours.

How to take part:

You can contact the research team directly using the ‘enquiries’ button or contact:

 Sharon Hulme, Trial Coordinator: 0161 206 5755 



Where will the research take place?

Phase 1 –  Interviews will take place in your home.

Phase 2 – The workshops will take place at  Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and you will be reimbursed for your travel expenses.

Posted on 15th March 2018 by Jess Zadik

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Study References

Ethics approved references for this study are listed below

  • REC 17/NW/0335