The Uitblinkers-intervention for behavioural change

The ‘Uitblinkers’ intervention for behavioral change is a project aimed at improving the oral health of young children, especially in families from lower socioeconomic position. Utilizing a unique conversational methodology based on proven strategies, it focuses on improving oral hygiene habits and dietary behaviors. This intervention is currently being tested and further developed in practice.

Objective

The objective of this project is twofold: on one hand, it aims to investigate the effectiveness of the 'Uitblinkers' intervention in improving oral health behavior among parents and children, and on the other hand, to adapt this methodology for application to dietary behavior. This includes evaluating the impact on brushing habits over an extended period and analyzing the feasibility in dental care practices, taking into account various factors such as the characteristics of the dental care practice, the target group, and the dental care provider.

Results

This project aims to:

  • Evaluate the influence of the 'Uitblinkers' intervention on children's brushing behavior.
  • Identify process factors and barriers/enabling factors for the implementation of the 'Uitblinkers' intervention in dental care practices.
  • Develop a prototype 'Uitblinkers' intervention for dietary behavior.
  • Create an implementation module for the 'Uitblinkers Performers' intervention with essential materials and guidelines.

Duration

01 January 2024 - 01 January 2026

Approach

In this project, we apply various research methods to evaluate and further develop the 'UItblinkers' intervention. This intervention focuses on both oral health and dietary behavior and is carried out in close collaboration with parents and healthcare professionals.

Impact

This project addresses the growing issue of inequality in oral health among Dutch children, especially those from lower socio-economic backgrounds. It focuses on improving oral health behavior in these children through the implementation of an innovative and evidence based intervention. This initiative closely aligns with the agenda setting for oral health research priorities, emphasizing the reduction of the gap between science and practice and answering pressing questions from dental care providers about effective behavior change methods.

Co-financing

SIA RAAK-mkb grant
RAAK.MKB.18.022

HU researchers involved in the research

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