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Table 5 Studies addressing the challenges in treating oral conditions among palliative patient

From: Oral health problems among palliative and terminally ill patients: an integrated systematic review

Kvalheim et al.• Lack of knowledge/experience/routine (43%)
• Lack of patient cooperation (38%)
• Oral problems were not prioritised (22%)
• Difficult access to the mouth (11%),
• Lack of resources by (8%)
• Retching (3%).
Bogaardt et al• Nursing staff rated the incidence and severity of swallowing problems lower than the relatives (p < 0.0001)
• Nursing staff rated the median severity of frequent coughing (p = 0.012) and loss of appetite (p = 0.001) significantly lower compared to the relatives’