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Indian J Dent Res. 2019 Jan-Feb;30(1):117-124. doi: 10.4103/ijdr.IJDR_523_18.

Effectiveness of school-based dental screening in increasing dental care utilization: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

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Department of Public Health Dentistry, Amrita School of Dentistry, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi, Kerala, India.

Abstract

Background:

School based dental screening has been a popular public health intervention. However, literature provides contrasting evidence regarding effectiveness of such programs on the utilization of dental services.

Objectives:

We designed this review to understand the differences in dental attendance rates of children below 15 years of age, receiving a school based dental screening versus those not receiving it.

Material and Methods:

The standard methodological procedures prescribed by The Cochrane Collaboration for Systematic review and meta-analysis was employed. An electronic (MEDLINE via PUBMED, Cochrane trial registry, and Google scholar) and a manual search (2016) were made to identify studies.

Results:

Five studies met the inclusion criteria, covering a population of 28208 school children of which 21447 were included in the meta-analysis. The review concludes that school based dental screening marginally increases the dental attendance by 16 percent as opposed to a non-screening group (RR 1.16 (95% CI 1.11, 1.21). The quality of evidence was found to be low.

Conclusions:

There is evidence of marginally increased dental attendance rate of 16 % following screening. As the quality of evidence was found to be low, the results of this review may be used with caution.

KEYWORDS:

Dental attendance; dental screening; meta-analysis; school children

PMID:
30900669
DOI:
10.4103/ijdr.IJDR_523_18
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