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Upstream interventions to promote oral health and reduce socioeconomic oral health inequalities: a scoping review protocol

Dawson, Eleanor R; Stennett, Michelle; Daly, Blánaid; Macpherson, Lorna MD; Cannon, Paul; Watt, Richard G; (2022) Upstream interventions to promote oral health and reduce socioeconomic oral health inequalities: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open , 12 (6) , Article e059441. 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-059441. Green open access

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Improving oral health and reducing oral health inequalities is an important global health priority. 'Upstream interventions' are a vital part of the collective effort to reduce oral disease burdens, however it is a rather nebulous term. Furthermore, there is little evidence on the effectiveness, impact and sustainability of upstream interventions that have focused on oral health and wider public health measures that impact on oral health. The aim of this scoping review is to systematically map and synthesise evidence on the effectiveness, impact and sustainability of upstream interventions on population oral health and reducing socioeconomic oral health inequalities. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This scoping review will be conducted in accordance with the Joanna Briggs Institute methodology and the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Extension for Scoping Reviews checklist. A detailed search strategy will be used to conduct a comprehensive search of electronic databases: Scopus, Embase and MEDLINE, PsycINFO and CINAHL, ASSIA and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. A search of grey literature will also be completed to identify relevant dissertations, governmental reports and evaluations of implemented policies. Identification and extraction of data will be performed by two pairs of reviewers. Oversight and feedback will be provided by an independent expert advisory group. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: This study will review published and available grey literature and does not require an ethics review. The scoping review protocol has been registered with the Open Science Framework. The final report will be circulated and disseminated through publication and feed into the work of the ongoing Lancet Commission on Oral Health. Due to the policy relevance of this work, discussions will take place with key stakeholders regarding the implications of the findings for future policy development.

Type: Article
Title: Upstream interventions to promote oral health and reduce socioeconomic oral health inequalities: a scoping review protocol
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-059441
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-059441
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported (CC BY 4.0) license, which permits others to copy, redistribute, remix, transform and build upon this work for any purpose, provided the original work is properly cited, a link to the licence is given, and indication of whether changes were made. See: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Keywords: health policy, protocols & guidelines, public health, Global Health, Health Status Disparities, Humans, Oral Health, Policy, Research Design, Review Literature as Topic, Socioeconomic Factors, Systematic Reviews as Topic
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10151017
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