Objective: To determine the scope and quality of evidence on the effectiveness of community-based nutrition interventions to promote oral health and restore healthy body weight in school-aged refugee children.
Basic Research Design: Scoping review using a systematic approach.
Main Outcome Measures: Oral health and body weight.
Results: Four primary studies, two evaluation studies and one systematic review met the inclusion criteria. No nutrition interventions or reviews to promote oral health in school-aged refugee children were found. There is limited weak evidence for the effectiveness of community-based nutrition interventions to restore healthy body weight in refugee settings. A systematic review also reported weak evidence of correction of child body weight as a result of community-based nutrition interventions in refugee camps.
Conclusion: This scoping review found no community-based nutrition interventions for school-aged refugee children to promote oral health and restore healthy body weight. There is limited and weak evidence for the effectiveness of community-based nutrition interventions to restore healthy body weight in refugee settings. There is a need to conduct an early phase study to develop and co-produce community-based nutrition interventions to promote oral health and healthy body weight for children residing in long-term refugee situations and to investigate the feasibility for their implementation.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Community Dental Health|
|Early online date||25 Jan 2018|
|Publication status||Published - 30 May 2018|
- body weight
- oral health
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health