A systems approach using the functional resonance analysis method to support fluoride varnish application for children attending general dental practice

Al Ross, Andrea Sherriff, Jamie Kidd, Wendy Gnich, Janet Anderson, Leigh Deas, Lorna Macpherson

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Abstract

Background All children attending General Dental Practice in Scotland are recommended to receive twice-yearly applications of sodium fluoride varnish to prevent childhood caries, yet application is variable. Development of complex interventions requires theorizing and modelling to understand context. This study applies the Functional Resonance Analysis Method (FRAM) to produce a sociotechnical systems model and identify opportunities for intervention to support application. Methods The FRAM was used to synthesise data which were: routine monitoring of fluoride varnish application in 2015/16; a longitudinal survey with practitioners (n = 1090); in-depth practitioner and key informant interviews (n = 43); and a ‘world café’ workshop (n = 56). Results We describe a detailed model of functions linked to application, and use this to make recommendations for system-wide intervention. Conclusions Rigorous research is required to produce accessible models of complex systems in healthcare. This novel paper shows how careful articulation of the functions associated with fluoride varnish application can support future improvement efforts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-303
Number of pages10
JournalAPPLIED ERGONOMICS
Volume68
Early online date26 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Sociotechnical systems
  • Complexity
  • Healthcare
  • Dentistry

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