A user-centered approach to the development of a diet education tool for older adults with tooth loss

Invention Summary:

For older adults with missing teeth, it can be difficult to eat healthy. They may have trouble chewing harder-to eat foods or may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed eating with friends and family because of their missing teeth.

Under a grant from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, Dr. Rena Zelig utilized a user centered approach to develop an evidence-based diet education brochure, which provides dietary guidance for older adults with tooth loss. This brochure was developed based on the findings from qualitative research (patient interviews), stakeholder panel discussions with older adults with tooth loss, and oral health care professionals.  It has been field‐tested in the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine clinics and was revised based on feedback at every step.

This brochure can be provided to patients in dental clinics or other settings free of charge.


  • Complete brochure available for immediate use in dental clinics (or other settings)
  • Free of charge

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Patent Information:
Wenjuan Zhu
Licensing Manager
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey