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Community Dent Health. 2018 May 30;35(2):81-88. doi: 10.1922/CDH_4188Abuhaloob08.

Community-based nutrition intervention to promote oral health and restore healthy body weight in refugee children: a scoping review.

Author information

1
Oral and Dental School Health, Ministry of Health Palestine; Dental Health Services Research Unit, Dundee Dental School, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN, United Kingdom.
2
Dental Health Services Research Unit, Dundee Dental School, University of Dundee, Public Health, NHS Tayside, Dundee, DD1 4HN, United Kingdom.
3
Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry, Dundee Dental School, University of Dundee; Dental Public Health, NHS Forth Valley, Dundee, DD1 4HN, United Kingdom.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the scope and quality of evidence on the effectiveness of community-based nutrition interventions to promote oral health and restore healthy body weight in school-aged refugee children.

BASIC RESEARCH DESIGN:

Scoping review using a systematic approach.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Oral health and body weight.

RESULTS:

Four primary studies, two evaluation studies and one systematic review met the inclusion criteria. No nutrition interventions or reviews to promote oral health in school-aged refugee children were found. There is limited weak evidence for the effectiveness of community-based nutrition interventions to restore healthy body weight in refugee settings. A systematic review also reported weak evidence of correction of child body weight as a result of community-based nutrition interventions in refugee camps.

CONCLUSION:

This scoping review found no community-based nutrition interventions for school-aged refugee children to promote oral health and restore healthy body weight. There is limited and weak evidence for the effectiveness of community-based nutrition interventions to restore healthy body weight in refugee settings. There is a need to conduct an early phase study to develop and co-produce community-based nutrition interventions to promote oral health and healthy body weight for children residing in long-term refugee situations and to investigate the feasibility for their implementation.

KEYWORDS:

Children; body weight; nutrition; oral health; refugees

PMID:
29381273
DOI:
10.1922/CDH_4188Abuhaloob08
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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