Use of dental practices for the identification of adults with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus or non-diabetic hyperglycaemia: a systematic review protocol

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Background: Diabetes [T2DM] is a growing global burden with T2DM expected to affect more than 590million people by the year 2035. Evidence exists demonstrating that dental settings have been used to try and risk assess and identify individuals who may be at high risk of T2DM or who may already unknowingly have the condition.

Objective: This protocol aims to outline the methodology which will be undertaken in order to synthesise the literature relating to the use of primary-care, [non-hospital based] dental services for the identification of undiagnosed T2DM or prediabetes - often termed nondiabetic hyperglycaemia [NDH], in adult patients.

Method: This paper outlines the protocol that will be followed to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of the available literature. The protocol outlines the aims, objectives, search strategy, data extraction and data management methods, as well as the statistical analysis plan. Prisma-P guidelines were followed in developing the protocol as were elements of the
Cochrane handbook.

Results: We expect the systematic review to be completed within 18months of publication of this protocol and expect to see a high degree of heterogeneity amongst existing literature.

Discussion: This review is of importance as it will synthesise the existing evidence base and inform future studies within the field. Following publication of the protocol the review will be registered on PROSPERO. Following completion of the review, results will be published in a suitable peer-reviewed journal.


Original languageEnglish
Article number e11843
Number of pages6
JournalJMIR Research Protocols
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2018


  • risk-assessment, case-finding, diabetes, non-diabetic hyperglycaemia, adults, dental