Objectives The EGOHID I (European Global Oral Health Indicators Development) project started in 2002 under the European Health Monitoring Programme. The aim was to develop a set of indicators for monitoring and describing oral health morbidity and different facets of oral health care systems in Europe. The challenge was to define valid indicators that would cover common concerns and would have the same meaning throughout the different European health care systems. Methods EGOHID included i) a review of existing recommendations on oral health indicators, ii) a European study of the availability of national/or regional statistics to construct recommended indicators; iii) a consensus process using aggregation of preferences methods to select a list of essential indicators; iv) the production of a catalogue for information users, including descriptions for all indicators. Results A set of 40 indicators in oral public health were identified which, even though restricted to a minimal essential list, still addressed four key dimensions. The 40 indicators were described in four categories. Part A. indicators for monitoring the oral health of children and adolescents; Part B. indicators for monitoring the oral health of general population; Part C. indicators for monitoring oral health systems and Part D. indicators for monitoring oral health quality of life. This work has enabled a feasibility study (EGOHID II, which is now in progress), which is an essential part of an overall project, since it will allow Member States to evaluate their capability to use these indicators. Conclusions The EGOHID 1 project was successful in identifying a set of 40 indicators which drew on and consolidated previous work. Consensus was achieved from a wide group of stakeholders on precise indicators in areas where uncertainty about appropriate indicators was high; some areas were also targeted for future development.
- oral health