DELIVER ‑ Deliberative improvement of oral care quality

Paulo Melo

Principal Investigator

Integrated Member (PhD)

Type of project:




Proposing institution:

Stichting Radboud Universitair Medisch Centrum (NL)

Participating institutions:

Universitatsklinikum Heidelberg (DE); The University of Manchester (UK); Karolinska Institutet (SE); Universita Ta Malta (Malta); Stichting Vu (NL); Kobenhavns Universitet (Denmark); Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto (POR); AQUA-Institut for angewandte Qualititsforderung und Forschung im Gesundheitswesen GmbH (Denmark); Stichting Mlc Foundation (NL)

Sources of financing:

Horizonte Europa

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Total budget:

Total: 5.017.331,00€; ISPUP: 50.125.00€

Research line:

L1 - Life Course Research and Healthy Ageing

Research lab:

Life Course Perspective on Oral Health


Oral diseases and conditions affect more than 3.5 billion people worldwide. They are the 3rd most expensive diseases to treat in the
EU and disproportionally affect vulnerable groups. In deviation from the UN and WHO goal of Universal Health Coverage, many EU
citizens do not have access to quality oral care without financial hardship. To this end, the DELIVER (DELiberative ImproVEment of
oRal care quality) project aims to enhance the quality of oral care through deliberative dialogue and action involving citizens,
patients, providers, payers and policymakers. DELIVER will create a synergistic problem-solving ecosystem to convert deliberative
dialogues into meaningful improvement of oral care quality. DELIVER brings together top investigators from prestigious universities,
civil society and patient organizations, health professionals, policymakers, and SME/industry to achieve a step change in collective
problem solving.

Given the comprehensiveness of the topic, DELIVER uses a targeted approach that is entirely focused on five major
root-causes underlying the current limitations of oral care systems. Using a mixed-methods research approach, DELIVER will codevelop and co-produce new quality improvement approaches in three phases. The 1st phase involves situational analysis,
consenting of core quality indicators, and development of a EU-wide monitoring framework. The 2nd phase involves in-depth
analysis of select quality improvement approaches:

(i) PROMs/PREMs-based quality improvement in dental practices;

(ii) communitybased quality improvement for vulnerable groups;

(iii) quality-oriented commissioning of oral health services.

The regulatory determinants of oral care quality improvement will be scrutinized. In the 3rd and final phase, the knowledge gained in the 1st and 2nd phases will be merged into the DELIVER Quality Toolkit with manuals and digital tools for concretely actionable and contextadaptive approaches for oral care quality improvement.

Research team