A Scoping review of challenges, scope and assessment approaches of tele-dentistry: An Indian perspective

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Dental Care, Tele-dentistry, Oral Health, Oral Hygiene, Information Technology

Abstract

Context: In India, COVID-19 pandemic has limited the utilization and access to dental services owing to the risk of infections transmission. In this context, tele-dentistry could be useful but there is paucity of literature which provides guidance on the scope and challenges for using tele-dentistry in India.

 

Aims: To identify challenges, scope and assessment approaches of tele-dentistry from an Indian perspective.

 

Settings and Design: Scoping Review.

 

Methods and Material:

Scoping review was conducted using the Arksey and O’Malley framework. Databases were searched in July 2020. Studies concerning challenges and scope of tele-dentistry in India were included. Additionally, literature about assessment approaches used for tele-dentistry programs were also reviewed

 

Results:

A total of 64 studies were reviewed, out of which 26 articles were included in the final review. Scoping review reveled that teledentistry can act as a seamless tool for diagnosing, training and screening. Its incorporation in routine services, especially in COVID-19 pandemic will help to prevent unnecessary exposure to infection. Few studies also suggested the relevance of smartphone technology for specialist consultations and proper diagnosis. Majority of studies revealed shortage of basic infrastructure as a major challenge for tele-dentistry in India. Assessment studies were mainly focused on economic perspective and cost-effectiveness of the programs

Conclusions:

This review provided overview of possible challenges and scope of tele-dentistry which provide guidance for using tele-dentistry in India. It is also reflected that there is a need for further research about the assessment of teledentistry in terms of safety, clinical outcomes, and patient perception.

Key-words: Dental Care, Tele-dentistry, Oral Health, Oral Hygiene, Information Technology

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Published

2021-12-31

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Joshi V, Bhardwaj P, Joshi NK, Singh K, Bajaj K, Suthar P. A Scoping review of challenges, scope and assessment approaches of tele-dentistry: An Indian perspective. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2021 Dec. 31 [cited 2022 Jan. 17];33(4). Available from: https://iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/2134

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