J Korean Clin Nurs Res.  2020 Aug;26(2):141-153. 10.22650/JKCNR.2020.26.2.141.

Updates of Nursing Practice Guideline for Oral Care

  • 1Assistant Professor, Red Cross College of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Korea
  • 2Professor, College of Nursing, Gachon University, Korea
  • 3Director, Department of Nursing, Samsung Medical Center, Korea
  • 4Unit Manager, Department of Nursing, Seoul National University Hospital, Korea
  • 5) Nursing General Manager, Department of Administration and Education, Yongin Severance Hospital, Korea
  • 6Associate Research Fellow, National Evidence-based Healthcare Collaborating Agency, Korea
  • 7Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Chungnam National University, Korea
  • 8Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Gachon University, Korea
  • 9Head Nurse, Department of Nursing, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Korea
  • 10Graduate Student for Master of Nursing, Gachon University, Korea


This study aimed to update the previously published nursing practice guideline for oral care.
The guideline were updated according to the manuals developed by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), and a Handbook for Clinical Practice Guideline Developer Version 1.0.
Updated nursing practice guideline for oral care was consisted of 10 domains and 79 recommendations. The number of recommendations in each domain were: 5 general issues, 2 oral care indications, 9 oral assessment, 16 general oral care, 12 oral care for critically ill patients, 16 oral care for cancer patients, 12 oral care for cancer patients with oral complications, 5 oral care education, 1 oral care referral, and 1 documentation and report. In terms of grades for recommendations, 11.4% was grade A, 17.0% was grade B, and 68.2% was grade C. Twelve new recommendations were developed and 7 previous recommendations were deleted.
Updated nursing practice guideline for oral care is expected to serve as an evidence-based practice guideline for oral care in South Korea. It is recommended that this guideline be spread to clinical nursing settings nationwide to improve the effectiveness of oral care practice.


Oral Care; Practice Guideline; Evidence-Based Nursing
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