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Dent. J. 2018, 6(4), 68; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj6040068

Implementing an Oral Health Intervention for People Experiencing Homelessness in Scotland: A Participant Observation Study

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Dental Health Services Research Unit, School of Dentistry, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 4HN, Scotland, UK
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Housing Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, Scotland, UK
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School of Medicine, Medical & Biological Sciences, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews KY16 9TF, Scotland, UK
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Received: 3 October 2018 / Revised: 4 November 2018 / Accepted: 19 November 2018 / Published: 1 December 2018
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Smile4life is an intervention aimed at improving the oral health of people experiencing homelessness in Scotland. The purpose of this research was to determine how this intervention was being translated from guidance into action. Data concerning Smile4life working practices were collected in three NHS Boards using participant observation. Fieldnotes taken during these observations were analysed using content analysis. This analysis revealed that there were working alliances between the oral health practitioner, the Third Sector staff, and the homeless service users, and that these alliances were affected by various barriers and enablers. The observation sessions also highlighted variations in working practices. View Full-Text
Keywords: homeless persons; oral health; delivery of health care; dental health services homeless persons; oral health; delivery of health care; dental health services
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Beaton, L.; Anderson, I.; Humphris, G.; Rodriguez, A.; Freeman, R. Implementing an Oral Health Intervention for People Experiencing Homelessness in Scotland: A Participant Observation Study. Dent. J. 2018, 6, 68.

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