ADVOCATE Conference 2019

The ADVOCATE [Added Value for Oral Care] Conference on 25th and 26th March 2019 brought European researchers, policy-makers and dentists to UCC to discuss best practises to enhance disease prevention in dentistry and increase quality of life. MEP Deirdre Clune launched the project findings with UCC President Patrick O’Shea and Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly.

Dental decay and gum disease are amongst the most common diseases globally, but could be prevented. Professor Helen Whelton initiated the ADVOCATE research project with 11 partners from prestigious universities, health insurers, and other public and private sector institutions across eight European countries in 2015 to analyse best practices and optimise delivery of oral health and wellbeing in the EU. ADVOCATE uses multiple approaches for improvement of oral health care delivery, including methods to motivate a greater focus on disease prevention in dental practice. ADVOCATE looked at system changes which might incentivise prevention (extrinsic motivation) and the use of feedback mechanisms and quality improvement groups (intrinsic motivation) to help dentists shift towards more preventive practice. The lessons learned are also applicable to general health promotion. The project additionally highlights the potential for politicians and policy makers to provide the right incentives, mechanism and environments to support prevention.

The Conference closed with guest speakers Professor Nigel Pitts, Global Chair for the Alliance for a Cavity Free Future and Professor David Williams, Vice Chair World Dental Federation, emphasising further opportunities of collaboration to promote oral health prevention globally.

ADVOCATE Newsletter Conference Edition

Achievements of the ADVOCATE project are presented at the ADVOCATE Conference and AGM in Cork on 25th and 26th March. This special newsletter edition accompanies the conferences and gives an overview of key achievements of all areas of the project.

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ADVOCATE announces presentation of first findings

The EU H2020 ADVOCATE [Added Value for Oral Care] project team today announced details of the launch of first findings on the development of a new model for oral healthcare, which will take place at an International gathering in the Aula Maxima in UCC on March 25th 2019. ADVOCATE includes 11 partners from prestigious universities, health insurers, and other public and private sector institutions across eight European countries. The project has received 6 million euros in funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Dental decay and gum disease are amongst the most common diseases globally but could be prevented. The ADVOCATE research project set out in 2015 to analyse best practices and optimise delivery of oral health and wellbeing in the EU by shifting the systematic focus to prevention of tooth decay and oral diseases.

Principal Investigator of the project and Head of UCC’s College of Medicine and Health, Prof. Helen Whelton today commented:

“We believe we can reduce decay, improve health and literally put smiles on millions of faces by motivating dentists and patients to work together in a partnership of prevention, and by understanding how national dental care systems work best”

The joint project of partners from 6 EU countries systematically compared dental health systems across the EU and found that there is substantial variation in the way that data is collected and stored across participating countries. An attempt has been made to harmonise the available data in order to allow comparisons. Work has been carried out to understand the impacts of dental care systems design on oral health and how to align oral health care resources with people’s oral health needs. The ADVOCATE project team will present first results at the Conference in Cork on March 25th 2019.

Patient Engagement App and Dashboard
As part of ADVOCATE’s approach to analyse and visualise data to help dentists to compare their performance to peers, Aridhia (a software company that specialises in providing solutions for safe data analysis in healthcare) has developed a Patient Engagement App and the ADVOCATE Dashboard using their AnalytiXagility Platform. The Patient Engagement App provides a user-friendly environment to survey patients in the dental clinic. It follows a set of 52 standardised questions that allow comparability across regions and countries. This data is combined with patient claims data and feeds into the ADVOCATE Dashboard which enables participating dentists to view data to gain insight into their own performance and compare it to other dentists in their country or region.
For more information on the AnalytiXagility platform, please visit:

ADVOCATE Conference and Launch
The ADVOCATE [Added Value for Oral Care] Conference brings together European researchers, policy-makers and dentists to discuss best practices to enhance prevention in dentistry and increase quality of life. The Launch will be held on the 25th of March 2019 in Cork in UCC. MEP Deirdre Clune will be launching the project findings.

Include the University of Leeds, University College Cork, University of Heidelberg, University of Copenhagen, Semmelweis University in Budapest, Academic Centre for Dentistry in Amsterdam (ACTA), Aridhia, deCare Dental, Spektrum K, Achmea and NHS England. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

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“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme  under grant agreement No 635183”

ADVOCATE Newsletter – December 2018

This December’s edition of the ADVOCATE Newsletter features highlights of 2018, including the Annual General Meeting, pre-results of PPI workshops, a quick introduction to ADVOCATE’s patient app, and ADVOCATE’s engagement with Danish health authorities to advise on quality criteria in oral healthcare systems. Click button below to access it.

Article: Taking a big bite of healthcare data

Article published by EU Research. The cost of caring for oral diseases in the EU is round 80 billion Euros a year, yet these conditions can be prevented through relatively simple measures. We spoke to Professor Keneth Eaton about the work of the Added Value for Oral Care (ADVOCATE) project which is investigating how healthcare systems can be modernised in line with today’s demands.

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Presentation By Helen Whelton

Decare Dentals Involvement in the Advocate Project

In ADVOCATE, partners from universities and health insurers collaborate. DeCare Dental describe their contribution in this blogpost.


Advocate Newsletter – October 2015

Hello Everyone – from the ADVOCATE (Added Value for Oral Care) Project. We are delighted to share herewith the first newsletter about the launch of the Advocate project. We hope you will find it interesting and informative.

Mobilising Both Big Data And Community Will Create Knowledge and Transform Healthcare

ADVOCATE participates in Big Data Expo in Utrecht (29th September 2015).