News items Five million euros for research into quality of oral care

10 June 2022

Stefan Listl of the Radboud University Medical Center will lead an international research project. With a five million euro grant from the Horizon Europe program, he and partners from seven countries will improve the quality of oral health care, especially for poorer and vulnerable groups in society. The DELIVER (DELiberative ImproVEment of oRal care quality) project will lead to more collaborative problem solving, better access to affordable oral care for all, and more attention to effective prevention.

According to a recent WHO report, oral health has received dramatically little attention in health policy to date. Oral diseases are in the top three most expensive conditions and affect 3.5 billion people worldwide, especially poorer and vulnerable populations. Essential oral health care is often not easily accessible to citizens with lower incomes, mainly for financial reasons. This leads to painful and sometimes life-threatening abscesses, and thus high treatment costs for society. Better access to affordable oral care and more attention to effective prevention can largely prevent this high burden of disease and unnecessary treatment costs.

Ivory Tower

'More attention to people who currently have little access to oral care is an important step,' says Stefan Listl, professor of Quality and Safety of Oral Care at Radboudumc. 'But if we want to solve the problems we also need a constructive dialogue between citizens, oral care professionals, health insurers and policy makers. They determine what options have priority for improving the quality of oral care. What doesn't work is preaching from the academic ivory tower that something else has to be done. We want to find out with whom and how we can best start the conversation. Various methods have been developed for stakeholder participation, but they have not been systematically applied to oral care until now.'

Feedback

Listl and his project partners are receiving five million euros from the European Commission to better map and improve the quality of oral health care. Listl: 'Together with the parties involved we will first determine which indicators we can use to monitor the quality of oral care, both at the level of the oral care practice and at the level of the population. We will then use case studies to test how we can apply these indicators in different situations to promote the quality of oral care. We will look at how patient feedback can purposefully contribute to reflection by oral care professionals and how we can properly shape the dialogue on access to oral care for poorer populations. Furthermore, we will look at how health policy can better take into account the varied needs of different population groups.' 

The DELIVER project is a collaboration with partners from Germany, Denmark, England, Malta, Portugal and Sweden. The total project budget is 5 million euros, of which 1.2 million is for the research at Radboudumc. The project will run from 2022 to 2026.

  • Want to know more about these subjects? Click on the buttons below for more news.

    RIHS

Related news items


Your heart rate as a thermometer Research Olympic athletes will be followed up during 4Daagse

18 July 2022

Body temperature can be determined from heart rate. This is what research by the Radboudumc among Olympic athletes shows. Athletes can use this method during training to eventually perform better in the heat. The technique is now being further investigated among participants in the 4Daagse.

read more

Do insects help 4Days walkers to recover? a Radboudumc study

7 July 2022

During the first 4Daagse since 2019, Radboudumc is investigating whether walkers will benefit from grounded protein-rich insects. It is known that animal proteins contribute to recovery after exercise, but the researchers want to find out whether proteins from insects can do this just as well.

read more

More than five million euros for research to improve palliative care Jeroen Hasselaar will lead research project with Horizon grant

15 June 2022 Jeroen Hasselaar will lead a large international research project. With a 5.3 million euro grant from the EU's Horizon program, he and his team want to improve palliative care for cancer patients, together with partners from nine European countries. read more