An evidence-based oral health promotion programme: lessons from Leicester

Murphy, J. M. and Burch, T. E. and Dickenson, A. J. and Wong, J. and Moore, R. (2018) An evidence-based oral health promotion programme: lessons from Leicester. Oral Diseases, 24 (1-2). pp. 38-43. ISSN 1354-523X

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Abstract

To provide an overview and draw lessons from the establishment of a local oral health promotion programme for preschool children in Leicester, England (2013-2017). The article provides information on the strategic approach taken in Leicester, one of the most ethnically diverse cities in England, and also one of the most deprived. Over a third of children aged 3 years, and half of those aged 5 years, have experience of obvious dental decay. A description of the evolution and development of the programme is provided along with commentary by the authors. This includes the origins, design and evaluation of the programme. Progress so far has been promising. There has been a statistically significant 8% decrease in the proportion of 5-year-old children in Leicester with dental decay from 2011/2012 to 2014/2015. This will need to be sustained and further developed to deliver the 10% reduction required within the strategy. The successful implementation of a local oral health improvement programme in Leicester has required leadership to coordinate a multiagency partnership approach to embedding effective concepts and realising opportunities collaboratively. However, longer term sustainability remains a concern. [Abstract copyright: © 2018 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. All rights reserved.]

Additional Information:The Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles! early intervention programme in Leicester was established through partnership funding from NHS England and Leicester City Council. NHS Health Education England, working across the East Midlands, also provides some resources for specific initiatives.
Keywords:Dental health
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B750 Dental Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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Deposited On:27 Mar 2018 14:11

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