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Intellectual Output 7: Glossary for oral health professionals' Education in Europe

Intellectual Output 7 aims to devise, agree through consensus and finally document a Glossary of Oral Health Professionals' Higher Education in Europe. 

It focuses on key terms used within the Higher Education and European Political contexts so as to clearly define core terms and thereby enabling standardised conversations and dialogues around the future strategies for Oral Health Professional Education. 

In addition to defining core terms in the wider oral health professionals education area, a secondary core task of the glossary is the defition of reference terms within the O-Health-Edu data collection instrument. Have an interactive tool to clearly define any ambigious term will enable more concise responses. Thus the work of IO07 is closely linked with that of IO03 & IO04.

The process of devising the glossary follows a published 7 step approach. The seven step method is based upon the methodology used for the Lactapedia glossary Boss et al. (2020). Development of LactiPedia: A lactation glossary for science and medicine. Matern Child Nutr.


While at the Barcelona Feb 2020 Transnational Meeting of the steering committee, Prof Julia Davies University of Malmo updated on IO07 activity. At this point in developing of the Glossary, an initial listing of words and definitions were shared as was the various approaches to identifying the definitions. A defined search strategy was discussed and agreed. The team agreed that the output would be an online resource with the construction of an interactive database system data collection tool linking seamlessly to the key glossary terms.

Prof Davies updated on the 7 stage model being employed to guide the glossary development. The need for constant interaction on terms, their applicability in various European contexts (non native english speaking in particular) was strongly emphasised. It was agreed to simplify the terms as much as possible and to make definitions accessible to multiple stakeholders including potential students and the general public. Regular zoom meetings will follow to agree final definitions in advance of Strasbourg workshop and wider consultation.

You can review the presentation made by Prof Davies by downloading it from the documents section below.

Over a period of months and through wide consultation with relevant stakeholder a list of words relevant for inclusion in the O-Health-Edu glossary of terms were identified. Each word was subject to a process of definition, consultation and refining inline with the 7 step model as outlined above. Final definitions were uploaded to the integrated online glossary so users can interact with definition and even proposing updates or new terms requiring inclusion. 

You can access ARTICULATE, the O-Health-Edu glossary, by clicking here or selecting it from the main menu.




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