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Implementing an oral health intervention for people experiencing homelessness in Scotland: a participant observation study

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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.


Original languageEnglish
Article number68
Number of pages14
JournalDentistry Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018

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  • Homeless persons, Oral health, Delivery of health care, Dental health care services

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