The BDA is encouraging dentists to support a new collaborative study by UCL which assesses the impact of COVID-19 on the health behaviours that cause the majority of avoidable deaths in the UK, by sharing a survey with their patients.
All adults across the UK are encouraged to answer a short survey
and take part in a follow up at intervals, which will ask questions about the impact of COVID-19 on lifestyles, smoking and drinking habits, as well as physical activity and diet.
The BDA continues to highlight to Government the importance of focusing on prevention in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic when access to dental treatment is likely to remain limited for some time. The UCL study is looking at preventable risk factors that are common to oral and systemic diseases, and it will provide valuable information to support our case.
The study is being led by UCL Department of Behavioural Science & Health and the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change, in collaboration with Action on Smoking and Health, Cancer Research UK and Public Health England and aims to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the health behaviours that contribute most to avoidable deaths in the UK, including poor diet, low physical activity, excessive alcohol use and tobacco smoking.
The researchers believe the social distancing measures introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic may impact on people’s health-related behaviours, and some may make positive changes, such as quitting smoking, but others may actually increase their smoking or drinking, in response to the stress of the current situation.
The study aims to help develop more support to help people make health-protective changes to their behaviours during and following this pandemic. More information is also available on UCL's website.