Centre for Oral Health Research

Care Pathways & Health Economics

Care Pathways and Health Economics

As dental services and patients grow in complexity, understanding and developing better care pathways that are easier to navigate is ever more important.

Understanding health economics is important in determining which treatments are the most cost-effective.

It's also pivotal in understanding inequalities in dental disease and aiding the development of more efficient services.

We have led the way in this area through our involvement in reforms to NHS dental services in England.

Our research

Some examples of our work in this area, include:

  • working with the ageing population, particularly focusing on co-designing better dental care for people living and dying in care homes (for example, the TOPIC study)
  • understanding the impact of oral health risk assessment on patient pathways in primary care research (for example, the PREFER study)
  • economic analyses of dental interventions (as employed, for example, in the FiCTION trial of whether to fill children's teeth)
  • priority setting for health service resource allocation (for example the RAINDROP study)
  • econometric analysis of oral health inequalities (for example in this ESRC study)
  • understanding public preferences for dental health and treatments using techniques such as utility measures and willingness to pay

Principal investigators 

Dr Chris Vernazza (christopher.vernazza@ncl.ac.ukand Dr Becky Wassall (rebecca.wassall@ncl.ac.uk)

Recent publications