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Population oral health
My interdisciplinary and practice-relevant research program has the ultimate goal of decreasing the burden of poor oral health in the Canadian population. My research program comprises three themes at three levels—the individual, the community and the population as a whole.
Intervention: Clinical trials conducted under this theme test the effectiveness of prosthodontic interventions in edentate (toothless) individuals.
Access: This theme focuses on rural and remote populations and uses mixed methods and participatory action research to broaden understanding of the social and spatial pathways of oral health disparities, and to develop innovative strategies and interventions targeting oral health prevention and promotion of these communities.
Impact: Epidemiological studies to provide causal explanations on the role of oral health in general health.
To conduct this research program, I have adopted an integrated knowledge translation approach by building partnerships with an interdisciplinary team of researchers, healthcare and oral healthcare providers, key community stakeholders and policy-makers.
Harnagea H, Couturier Y, Shrivastava R, Girard F, Lamothe L, Bedos CP, Emami E. Barriers and facilitators in the integration of oral health into primary care: a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2017 Sep 25;7(9):e016078. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016078. PMID: 28951405.
Emami E, de Souza RF, Kabawat M, Feine JS. The impact of edentulism on oral and general health. Int J Dent. 2013;2013:498305. doi:10.1155/2013/498305.
Emami E, Heydecke G, Rompré PH, de Grandmont P, Feine JS. Impact of implant support for mandibular dentures on satisfaction, oral and general health-related quality of life: a meta-analysis of randomized-controlled trials. Clin Oral Implants Res. 2009;20(6):533-544. [DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0501.2008.01693.x].
Emami E, Nguyen HP, Rompré P, Lavigne GJ, Huynh NT. The effect of nocturnal wear of dentures on the sleep quality: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Sleep Breath. 2017;21(1):9-18. doi:10.1007/s11325-016-1369-1.
Emami E, Kabawat M, Rompre PH, Feine JS. Linking evidence to treatment for denture stomatitis: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. J Dent. 2014;42(2):99-106. doi:10.1016/j.jdent.2013.11.021.