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Factors influencing the provision of oral health practices by antenatal care providers: a systematic review


Wilson, A and Hoang, H and Bridgman, H and Bettiol, S and Crocombe, L, Factors influencing the provision of oral health practices by antenatal care providers: a systematic review, Journal of Women's Health ISSN 1540-9996 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1089/jwh.2020.8956


Background: Antenatal care providers are recommended to promote oral health during pregnancy through the provision of oral health practices, but studies have indicated that providers remain unclear and inconstant in adopting these practices into routine care. Therefore, the objective was to undertake a systematic review of the current oral health practices of antenatal care providers, and the factors (barriers and facilitators) that influence antenatal care providersí oral health practices for promoting oral health to women during pregnancy.

Methods Qualitative and quantitative studies were systematically searched within four databases (database inception-October 2020). Studies were selected if they were published in English and conducted in developed countries. Thematic analysis was employed where data from the included studies were grouped and interpreted according to major themes and were inductively categorised within a multilevel framework.

Results A total of 3,519 antenatal care providers were included across twenty-six studies. Rates of reported oral health practices among antenatal care providers varied considerably. The most reported barriers related to providers limited oral health knowledge, concerns with dental costs, and absence of organisational referral processes. The most reported facilitators related to providers level of oral health knowledge, patient prompt, and access to informational and educational resources.

Conclusions Further efforts are needed to address the range of barriers identified in this review and support antenatal care providers clinical practice behaviours. This includes improved interprofessional education, training opportunities, and integrated healthcare models.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:oral health, antenatal, maternal health, health education, preventative health care
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Preventative health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Women's and maternal health
UTAS Author:Wilson, A (Dr Annika Wilson)
UTAS Author:Hoang, H (Dr Ha Hoang)
UTAS Author:Bridgman, H (Dr Heather Bridgman)
UTAS Author:Bettiol, S (Dr Silvana Bettiol)
UTAS Author:Crocombe, L (Associate Professor Leonard Crocombe)
ID Code:143961
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2021-04-12
Last Modified:2021-11-24

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