Program evaluation of the inner south community health oral health program for priority populations

John C. Oldroyd, Sue White, Mary H van Wijngaarden Stephens, Andrew A. Neil, Vajira Nanayakkara

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Background. This study evaluated an Oral Health Program for Priority Populations (OHPPP) in the Inner South of Melbourne, Victoria. Methods. Social Ecological Theory and the Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance (RE-AIM) framework informed the study. It involved administering satisfaction questionnaires to 29 clients and conducting eight in-depth interviews and four focus group discussions with either clients, health care workers or partner agencies. Results. Most (92%) clients surveyed felt more positive about their health as a result of the OHPPP. Three themes emerged from the qualitative analyses: 1) good oral health is central to improving general health; 2) the OHPPP is valuable; and 3) there are difficulties in implementing the OHPPP. Conclusions. Clients and service providers view the OHPPP as accessible and rewarding. Our findings point to the need for policies that recognise the greater treatment needs of disadvantaged populations and that streamline the provision of their dental care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1222-1239
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Oral health
  • Program evaluation
  • Qualitative study
  • Views and perceptions

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