Motivational Interviewing: Is it effective in preventing early childhood caries?

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This review of teh effectivenesss of motivational interviewing (MI) in the prevention of early childhood caries included 14 trials of which eight ccontributed to the meta-analyses. The findings suggest that approached based on MI may be useful in prevention of early childhood caries.

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Oral health promotion programmes for adolescents

Accessing online mental health sites is becoming easier due to the availability of laptops and smart phones, meaning teenagers can be connected wherever they are

This review of the effectiveness of health promotion interventions on oral health knowledge, behaviour and status of healthy adolescents included 28 programmes reported in 37 publications.

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Suicide prevention gatekeeper training and its long-term efficacy #WSPD2020

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In his debut blog for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020, Steven MacDonald-Hart summarises a systematic review that explores the long-term efficacy of suicide prevention gatekeeper training.

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Dog therapy for dementia: can fluffy friends help with thinking and memory problems?

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Clare Dolan and Sarah Gregory summarise a recent systematic review on the effectiveness of dog therapy for people living with dementia, which suggests that animal assisted therapy may be a useful complementary treatment to help with the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

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Oral hygiene advice: Use of mobile phone applications in children and adolescents

There's huge potential for smartphones to be used in this kind of research

This review of the effectiveness of interventions delivered by mobile phones in improving adherence to oral hygiene advice for children and adolescents included just 2 small RCTs involving a total of 130 patients. The findings suggest that mobile phones are effective in improving adherence to oral hygiene advice in orthodontic patients.

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Behaviour change techniques in smartphone health apps

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Lucas Shelemy presents a recent systematic review on gamification for health promotion, which explores behaviour change techniques in smartphone apps.

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Do prompts help sustain engagement with digital interventions?

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Sarah Knowles considers the findings of a recent systematic review looking at the effectiveness of prompts to promote engagement with digital interventions.

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Implementation intentions: helping people achieve their goals

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Alan Underwood highlights a new meta-analysis, which suggests that people with mental health problems can benefit if they are prompted to form if-then plans, which specify when, where and how they will achieve their goals.

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Psychological interventions to improve oral health

This meta-analysis claims to be the first evaluating mindfulness-based interventions in primary care.

This review of psychological interventions to improve oral health identified 9 RCTs reported in 11 papers. A small statistically significant improvement in plaque index was noted but the quality of the available evidence is low. More higher quality studies are needed.

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SMS text messaging interventions for healthy behaviour change

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Olivia Maynard presents a recent meta-analysis that finds that SMS text interventions have a positive, albeit small, effect on healthy behaviour change.

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