PPI Coffee Morning
PPI Coffee Morning
On 14th December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly elected 1st October the International Day of Older Persons to acknowledge the significant contributions that older people make to society, and to increase awareness about the issues affecting older people. Although a few days ahead of time, the CPH PPI team hosted a coffee morning on the 27th September for the BELONG Group to acknowledge this important occasion. We were delighted with the turn out.
While drinking coffee and enjoying the balanced snacks provided, the PPI team presented an overview of two healthy ageing research projects focused on oral health and nutrition, which are major public health areas of concern in older adults. Specially, Leigh-Ann McCrum presented the findings from her PhD research project that aimed to develop and test a habit-based tailored dietary intervention, in combination with oral rehabilitation, and to examine its impact on positive dietary habit-formation amongst older adults. The presentation generated a lot of interesting questions from the group, which Leigh-Ann believes has been valuable in her preparation for her viva exam in a couple of months!
Leigh-Ann has also developed a leaflet for communicating the results of the study to older adults. The BELONG group was provided with the leaflet and asked for feedback regarding the content, language used and overall presentation. Leigh-Ann would like to thank everyone for the feedback provided and is planning to disseminate the leaflets within the next few months.
Sinead Watson and Julie McMullan (a new member of the CPH PPI team) then presented an overview of a project that is aiming to produce a list of clinical and patient centred outcomes that all oral health research involving dependent older adults should measure and report as a minimum. Future studies are encouraged to use these lists so that evidence can be easily synthesized; ultimately, helping patients, doctors, health professionals and health care decision-makers, make decisions about treatments and services. Following the presentation, the group were asked to take part in a PPI activity that involved translating a list of dental terms identified in the scientific literature into laymen, easier to understand terms.
The CPH PPI team would like to thank everyone who came along to the coffee morning and for taking part in the activities.