This manuscript summarizes a lecture given in Adelaide in July 2011.
The future for oral health surveillance
Article first published online: 21 SEP 2012
© 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S
Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
Special Issue: Festschrift in Honour of John Spencer
Volume 40, Issue Supplement s2, pages 75–81, October 2012
How to Cite
Steele J. The future for oral health surveillance. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 2012; 40 (Suppl. 2): 75–81. All rights reserved. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S
- Issue published online: 21 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 21 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Received: 1 MAR 2012
- (oral) epidemiology;
- national surveys;
- needs assessment;
- oral health surveys;
To take an overview of the history and future of oral health surveillance.
A brief review of the history and policy context of national surveys and equivalent large surveys of oral health and their objectives followed by an analysis of their fitness for modern purpose.
Results and Conclusion
The quality of oral health surveillance has improved immeasurably since the first attempts in the early 1960s, but national and regional surveys are still hampered by a lack of clarity about their purpose. The data they collect and describe are potentially invaluable and have the major advantages of being both robust and relatively straightforward to interpret and explain to policy makers. A greater clarity of purpose both from researchers and those who commission research would allow better use of data and a greater understanding of the limitations of surveillance. The international research community have a role to play in establishing and sharing best practice globally.