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A model of roles and responsibilities in oral health promotion based on perspectives of a community-based initiative for pre-school children in the UK

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emily Henderson, Emeritus Professor Greg RubinORCiD


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Objectives (i) To explore dental, school and family perspectives of an oral health promotion (OHP) initiative to improve access for pre-school children in deprived communities; (ii) to develop a model of roles and responsibilities for OHP in community settings.Methods Semi-structured focus groups (n = 6) with dental practice staff (n = 24), and semi-structured interviews with school staff (n = 9) and parents and children (n = 4) who were involved in an OHP initiative for pre-school children. Framework analysis was applied to identify themes. Themes were used to develop a model of roles and responsibilities for OHP, based on the WHO Planning and evaluating health promotion model.Results Respondents subscribed to a community-based approach to improving access to dental services for pre-school children in deprived areas, with an emphasis on shared responsibility and communication. In addition to macro-level actions in directing health policy and services, commissioners were held responsible for investing in micro-level actions, such as funding OHP training and involving parents, and meso-level actions such as reducing barriers to access.Conclusions The model we have developed builds on WHO recommendations on health promotion to identify the key roles and responsibilities that should be incorporated into further initiatives in OHP. © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Henderson E, Rubin G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Dental Journal

Year: 2014

Volume: 216

Issue: 5

Pages: 1-6

Online publication date: 07/03/2014

Acceptance date: 26/09/2013

ISSN (print): 0007-0610

ISSN (electronic): 1741-7503

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2014.196

PubMed id: 24603271


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