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Table 1 Variables to be assessed during the study

From: A community-based pragmatic, controlled trial for preventing and reducing oral diseases among 1–6-year-old children visiting Anganwadi centers, under the Integrated Child Development Scheme, India

Variables AssessmentVariable typesData AnalysisAnticipated OutcomesTime of measurement
At the level of the mother (Independent variables)
 Socio-DemographicsContinuous & CategoricalT-test and Chi-square tests.Assess the distribution of population characteristicsAt baseline
 Health Literacy LevelsContinuousT-testAssess health-related literacy of the individualAt baseline
At the level of the child (Potential Confounders)
 Child Anthropometry (Weight & BMI)ContinuousT-testAssess BMIAt baseline and 6 months, 1 year, 2 years and 3-years post-intervention
 Oral Health services utilisationCategoricalChi-square testAssess the utilisation of dental care in the last 12 monthsAt baseline and 6 months, 1 year, 2 years and 3-years post-intervention
At the level of Mother and Anganwadi Worker (Outcomes)
 Oral Health-related KAPContinuous & CategoricalT-test and Chi-square testAssess the level of KAP related to oral health issuesAt baseline and 6 months, 1 year 2 years and 3-years post-intervention
At the level of Child (Outcomes)
 Dental caries countContinuous and CategoricalT-test and Chi-square testAssess the level of dental caries statusAt baseline and 6 months, 1 year and 3-years post-intervention
 S. mutans levelsContinuous and CategoricalT-test and Chi-square testAssess the level of dental caries causing organismsAt baseline and 6 months, 1 year and 3-years post-intervention
 Gingival and Plaque IndexContinuous and CategoricalT-test and Chi-square testAssess the level of oral hygieneAt baseline and 6 months, 1 year and 3-years post-intervention