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Dr. Vineetha K.

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Dentistry, School of Dentistry , Kochi

Qualification: MDS
vineethak@aims.amrita.edu

Bio

Dr. Vineetha K. currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Dentistry, Amrita School of Dentistry, Health Sciences Campus, Kochi. She is the Deputy Director of Amrita Centre for Evidence Based Oral-Health: A JBI Centre of Excellence. She is also pursuing her doctoral degree in “Political Economy of Oral Health in India” at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Dr. Vineetha K. completed her BDS in 2013 from R.V.S. Dental College and Hospital, Coimbatore and MDS Public Health Dentistry in 2019 from Amrita School of Dentistry.

Her specific areas of interest are Political Economy of Oral Health, Evidence Synthesis, Dental Public Health, Qualitative methods, Mixed method research, Health Economics, Psychometrics and Tobacco. She is an accredited systematic review trainer and has completed the JBI Train the Trainer (ToT) Program in 2022. She is a recipient of ICMR Short Term Studentship in 2011. In 2019 she received travel fellowship from CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) and CCSTDS (Centre for co-operation in Sciences & Technology among Developing Societies). She is also recipient of prestigious Amrita Seed Grant which was awarded to her in September 2023 for her doctoral project.

She is a national level trainer for Evidence Synthesis, Qualitative Methods and Data analysis using NVIVO software. She has conducted multiple training programs across country in prestigious institutions like NIMHANS,KUHAS,Ramaiah and ICMR funded workshops.

She is the UG Research co-ordinator for School of Dentistry from 2019. She is actively involved in research and currently serving as a research guide for ICMR STS 2022 candidate. She is a reviewer in reputed dental journals and has 30 publications till date.

Publications

Journal Article

Year : 2024

Effectiveness of mHealth interventions for improving health attendance: an umbrella review protocol

Cite this Research Publication : Kumar, Sadhna1; Kuchewar, Vaishali2; Karuveettil, Vineetha3,4. Effectiveness of mHealth interventions for improving health attendance: an umbrella review protocol. JBI Evidence Synthesis 22(1):p 116-123, January 2024. | DOI: 10.11124/JBIES-23-00137

Publisher : JBI Evidence Synthesis

Year : 2024

Cost-effectiveness of a decentralized care model for managing multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis in low-and middle-income countries: a systematic review protocol

Cite this Research Publication : John D, Chatterjee P, Murthy S, Bhat R, Musa BM. Cost effectiveness of decentralised care model for managing MDR-TB in India. Indian J Tuberc. 2018 Jul;65(3):208-217. doi: 10.1016/j.ijtb.2017.08.031. Epub 2017 Sep 28. PMID: 29933862.

Publisher : JBI Evidence Synthesis

Year : 2024

Prevalence and incidence of oral cancer and pre-cancerous lesions in indigenous populations: a systematic review protocol

Cite this Research Publication : Gupta S, Singh R, Gupta OP, Tripathi A. Prevalence of oral cancer and pre-cancerous lesions and the association with numerous risk factors in North India: A hospital based study. Natl J Maxillofac Surg. 2014 Jul-Dec;5(2):142-8. doi: 10.4103/0975-5950.154816. PMID: 25937723; PMCID: PMC4405954.

Publisher : JBI Evidence Synthesis

Year : 2024

Utilization of dental health services and its associated factors among adult population in Ernakulam district, Kerala, India: A mixed-method analysis

Cite this Research Publication : Sidharthan S, Ramanarayanan V, Karuveettil V, Ravindran GC. Utilization of dental health services and its associated factors among adult population in Ernakulam district, Kerala, India: A mixed-method analysis. J Oral Biol Craniofac Res. 2024 Mar-Apr;14(2):133-142. doi: 10.1016/j.jobcr.2024.01.010. Epub 2024 Feb 4. PMID: 38352196; PMCID: PMC10862006.

Publisher : Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research

Year : 2024

Perceptions of barriers towards dental appointment keeping among patients of a tertiary care setting: A mixed method exploration

Cite this Research Publication : Anagha KA, Megha M, Karuveettil V, Vijay Kumar S. Perceptions of barriers towards dental appointment keeping among patients of a tertiary care setting: A mixed method exploration. J Oral Biol Craniofac Res. 2024 Mar-Apr;14(2):185-191. doi: 10.1016/j.jobcr.2024.02.002. Epub 2024 Feb 20. PMID: 38405603; PMCID: PMC10891327.

Publisher : Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research

Year : 2023

Protocol: Effectiveness of an oral health curriculum in reducing dental caries increment and improving oral hygiene behaviour among schoolchildren of Ernakulam district

Cite this Research Publication : Das H, Janakiram C, Ramanarayanan V, Karuveettil V, Kumar V, Balachandran P, Varma B, John D. Effectiveness of an oral health curriculum in reducing dental caries increment and improving oral hygiene behaviour among schoolchildren of Ernakulam district in Kerala, India: study protocol for a cluster randomised trial. BMJ Open. 2023 Feb 20;13(2):e069877. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-069877. PMID: 36806129; PMCID: PMC9944638.

Publisher : BMJ Open

Year : 2023

Perceptions of barriers towards dental appointment keeping among patients of a tertiary care setting: a mixed method exploration

Cite this Research Publication : V Karuveettil, "Perceptions of barriers towards dental appointment keeping among patients of a tertiary care setting: a mixed method exploration", Population Medicine 5 (Supplement), 2023

Publisher : Population Medicine

Year : 2023

Cross-cultural Adaptation of Oral and Maxillofacial Frailty Assessment Tools for Geriatric Population of Kerala

Cite this Research Publication : SK Neelamana, B Varma, C Janakiram, P Vijayakumar, V Karuveettil, "Cross-cultural Adaptation of Oral and Maxillofacial Frailty Assessment Tools for Geriatric Population of Kerala", The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice 24 (2), 80-88, 2023

Publisher : The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice

Year : 2023

Oral health curriculum to reduce dental caries increment in schoolchildren

Cite this Research Publication : Oral health curriculum to reduce dental caries increment in schoolchildren H Das, C Janakiram, V Ramanarayanan, V Karuveettil, V Kumar. International Dental Journal 73, S36, 2023

Publisher : International Dental Journal

Year : 2023

Exploring the perceived sociocultural factors in the initiation of smokeless tobacco among adolescents: a qualitative systematic review protocol

Cite this Research Publication : Karuveettil V, Ramanarayanan V, Fernandez R, Green H, Sanjeevan V, Janakiram C., "Exploring the perceived sociocultural factors in the initiation of smokeless tobacco among adolescents: a qualitative systematic review protocol," JBI Evidence Synthesis, 2023 Jan 1;21(1):230 - 235.

Publisher : JBI Evidence Synthesis

Year : 2022

Barriers and facilitators to attending dental care appointments among adults in low-and middle-income countries: a scoping review protocol

Cite this Research Publication : Karuveettil, Vineetha, Sapna, Swat, Jain, Praneetha, Samad, Fozia, "Barriers and facilitators to attending dental care appointments among adults in low- and middle-income countries: a scoping review protocol. JBI Evidence Synthesis 20(10):p 2536-2542, October 2022. | DOI: 10.11124/JBIES-22-00063

Publisher : JBI Evidence Synthesis

Year : 2022

Comparative evaluation of shear bond strength of calcium silicate-based liners to resin-modified glass ionomer cement in resin composite restorations-a systematic review and Meta-analysis

Cite this Research Publication : Manoj, A., Kavitha, R., Karuveettil, V. et al. Comparative evaluation of shear bond strength of calcium silicate-based liners to resin-modified glass ionomer cement in resin composite restorations - a systematic review and meta-analysis. Evid Based Dent (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41432-022-0825-y

Publisher : Evidence-Based Dentistry

Year : 2022

Comparison of crack formation induced by ultrasonic tips and burs during root-end preparation: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Cite this Research Publication : John, J., Singh V. P., P., Karuveettil, V. et al. Comparison of crack formation induced by ultrasonic tips and burs during root-end preparation: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Evid Based Dent (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41432-022-0823-0

Publisher : Evidence-Based Dentistry

Year : 2022

The Impact of Dental Adhesives on the Shear Bond Strength between Restorations in Sandwich Technique: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Cite this Research Publication : Sam V, Singh VP, Varughese A, Muddappa SC. The Impact of Dental Adhesives on the Shear Bond Strength between Restorations in Sandwich Technique: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Cons Dent Endod J 2022; 7 (1):11-22.

Publisher : Conservative Dentistry and Endodontic Journal

Year : 2022

The Effect of Camera and Display Technology on the Reliability of Digital Shade Evaluation

Cite this Research Publication : A Kumar, V Ramanarayanan, D Harikrishnan, R Sajeev, A Rejithan, "The Effect of Camera and Display Technology on the Reliability of Digital Shade Evaluation," Amrita Journal of Medicine 18 (4), 123-128, 2022. DOI: 10.4103/AMJM.AMJM_26_22

Year : 2022

Attitude and perceptions regarding online teaching in dental undergraduate program during COVID-19 pandemic: A mixed method study

Cite this Research Publication : Ramanarayanan V, Karuveettil V, Ayoob A, Suresh R, Varma B, Janakiram C. Attitude and perceptions regarding online teaching in dental undergraduate program during COVID‑19 pandemic: A mixed method study. J Educ Health Promot. 2022;11:11.

Publisher : Journal Of Education and Health Promotion

Year : 2022

Development and validation of cultural competence assessment tool for healthcare professionals, India.

Cite this Research Publication : Balachandran P, Karuveettil V, Janakiram C. Development and validation of cultural competence assessment tool for healthcare professionals, India. Front Public Health. 2022 Aug 23

Publisher : Frontiers in Public Health

Year : 2022

Is gender a risk factor for oral diseases in India? A metadata exploration

Cite this Research Publication : Karuveettil V, Krishna K, Ramanarayanan V. Is gender a risk factor for oral diseases in India? A metadata exploration. Public Health Toxicol. 2022 Mar 31;2(1):1–14.

Publisher : Public Health Toxicol.

Year : 2021

A comparison of NovaMin™ and casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate fluoride on enamel remineralization–an in vitro study using scanning electron microscope

Cite this Research Publication : K Dhanya, P Chandra, L Anandakrishna, V Karuveettil, "A comparison of NovaMin™ and casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate fluoride on enamel remineralization–an in vitro study using scanning electron microscope", Contemporary Clinical Dentistry 12 (3), 301-307, 2021

Publisher : Contemporary Clinical Dentistry

Year : 2021

Perceptions of a comprehensive dental care teaching clinic among stakeholders in a dental teaching hospital in South India: A baseline assessment

Cite this Research Publication : V Karuveettil, C Janakiram, V Krishnan, A Mathew, R Venkitachalam, "Perceptions of a comprehensive dental care teaching clinic among stakeholders in a dental teaching hospital in South India: A baseline assessment", Medical journal armed forces india 77, S195-S201, 2021

Publisher : Medical journal armed forces india

Year : 2021

Socio-demographic profile of smokeless tobacco use in India

Cite this Research Publication : Ramanarayanan V, Janakiram C, K V, Sanjeevan V. Socio-demographic profile of smokeless tobacco use in India. Tob Induc Dis [Internet]. 2021 Sep 2 [cited 2021 Sep 22];19(1). Available from: http://www.tobaccoinduceddiseases.org/Socio-demographic-profile-of-smokeless-tobacco-use-in-India,141066,0,2.html

Publisher : Ramanarayanan V

Year : 2021

Association between Smokeless Tobacco Use and Risk of Periodontitis in Asian Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Cite this Research Publication : Mehta A, Ramanarayanan V, Karuveettil V, Janakiram C. Association between Smokeless Tobacco Use and Risk of Periodontitis in Asian Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2021

Publisher : Asian Pac J Cancer Prev APJCP

Year : 2020

Measuring dental diseases: A critical review of indices in dental practice and research

Cite this Research Publication : Dr. R. Venkitachalam, Vineetha Karuveettil, Sanjeevan, V., Antony, B. K., Varghese, N. Jacob, and Padamadan, H. Joseph, “Measuring dental diseases: A critical review of indices in dental practice and research”, Amrita Journal Medicine, 2020.

Publisher : Amrita Journal Medicine

Year : 2020

Effectiveness of a curriculum-based educational intervention on oral health behavior and dental caries experience among Indian schoolchildren.

Cite this Research Publication : Vineetha Karuveettil, S Kumar, V., Chandrashekar Janakiram, and Joseph, J., “Effectiveness of a curriculum-based educational intervention on oral health behavior and dental caries experience among Indian schoolchildren.”, J Educ Health Promot, vol. 9, p. 90, 2020.

Publisher : J Educ Health Promot

Year : 2020

Comparison of modified Bass, Fones and normal tooth brushing technique for the efficacy of plaque control in young adults- A randomized clinical trial.

Cite this Research Publication : Chandrashekar Janakiram, Varghese, N., Dr. R. Venkitachalam, Joseph, J., and Vineetha Karuveettil, “Comparison of modified Bass, Fones and normal tooth brushing technique for the efficacy of plaque control in young adults- A randomized clinical trial.”, J Clin Exp Dent, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. e123-e129, 2020.

Publisher : J Clin Exp Dent

Year : 2020

The Ominous beginning” Perceptions of Smokeless Tobacco Initiation among the Paniya Tribes of Wayanad: A qualitative Study.

Cite this Research Publication : Vineetha Karuveettil, Joseph, J., S, V. Kumar, Sanjeevan, V., Padamadan, H. Joseph, and Varghese, N. Jacob, “The Ominous beginning" Perceptions of Smokeless Tobacco Initiation among the Paniya Tribes of Wayanad: A qualitative Study.”, Asian Pac J Cancer Prev, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 1615-1622, 2020.

Publisher : Asian Pac J Cancer Prev

Year : 2019

Curbing oral disease burden in India: Recommendations for integrating dentistry into public Health

Cite this Research Publication : J. Joseph, Y Kumar, S., Kumar, V. S., Vineetha Karuveettil, Padamadan, H. Joseph, Malliga, V., and Dr. R. Venkitachalam, “Curbing oral disease burden in India: Recommendations for integrating dentistry into public Health”, Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry, no. Issue 3, p. Vol. 17, 2019.

Publisher : Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry, Medknow Publications and Media Pvt. Ltd.

Year : 2019

Community health diagnosis in a tribal hamlet-a case study from India

Cite this Research Publication : Dr. R. Venkitachalam, Chandrashekar Janakiram, Vinita, S., Joseph, J., Antony, B., Varghese, N., Vineetha Karuveettil, Joseph, H., and Yeturu, S., “Community Health Diagnosis in a Tribal Hamlet-A Case Study from India”, Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, vol. 10, p. 123, 2019.

Publisher : Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development

Year : 2018

Association of Dental Caries and Oral Health Impact Profile in 12-Year-Old School Children: A Cross-Sectional Study

Cite this Research Publication : V. Kumar, Vineetha Karuveettil, Joseph, J., Yeturu, S., Rakesh, P. S., and Chandrashekar Janakiram, “Association of Dental Caries and Oral Health Impact Profile in 12-Year-Old School Children: A Cross-Sectional Study”, JOURNAL OF CLINICAL AND DIAGNOSTIC RESEARCH, vol. 12, 2018.

Publisher : Volume 12.

Year : 2013

Effect of oil pulling with sesame oil on plaque-induced gingivitis: a microbiological study

Cite this Research Publication : D. Saravanan, Ramkumar, S., and Vineetha Karuveettil, “Effect of oil pulling with sesame oil on plaque-induced gingivitis: a microbiological study”, Journal of Dent Orofacial Res, vol. 3, pp. 175-180, 2013.

Publisher : Journal of Dent Orofacial Res

Education & Professional Experience
  • August 2019 to Present: Assistant Professor
    Department of Public Health Dentistry, Amrita School of Dentistry
  • July 2021- Present: Deputy Director
    Amrita Centre for Evidence Based Oral Health: A JBI Centre of Excellence
Reviewer
  • Peer J
  • Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research
  • Journal Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dentistry
  • BMJ Open
  • Frontiers in Public Health
  • Frontiers in Medicine
  • JBI Evidence Synthesis
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
  • The Saudi Dental Journal
  • Cureus
  • Medical Journal of Armed Forces
  • International Journal of Tropical Disease and Health
Professional Interest
  • Evidence synthesis
    • Quantitative Systematic Reviews
    • Qualitative systematic Reviews
    • Umbrella Reviews
    • Scoping Reviews
  • Political Economy of Health
  • Qualitative Research
    • Descriptive qualitative Research
    • Phenomenology
    • Grounded Theory
    • Ethnography
    • Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Health Economics
  • Psychometrics/ Instrument development
  • Biostatistics
Professional Memberships
  • Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry
  • International Association of Mixed Method Research
  • JBI Collaboration
  • Organization for Women in Science for Developing World
Ongoing projects

Doctoral Dissertation: Political Economy of Oral Health In India

ICMR STS Project 2022: Barriers to adopting preventive dental care for managing dental caries in private clinical practice: a grounded theory approach

Conference

International Conference

  1. IADR/AADR/CADR 97th General Session, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  2. 1stAmrita International Public Health Conference, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, 2018.
  3. 2ndAmrita International Public Health Conference, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, 2019.

National Conference

  1. 29thTamilnadu State Dental Conference Student’s Convention, Tiruchengode, Tamilnadu.
  2. 2ndSouth Indian Undergraduate Dental Convention, Chennai, Tamilnadu.
  3. National Students Convention, Chennai, Tamilnadu.
  4. 30thTamilnadu State Dental Conference and Students Convention, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu.
  5. 10thNational Post Graduate Convention of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry, Coorg, Karnataka.
  6. 21stNational Conference of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa.
  7. 2ndstate conference of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry, Kerala Chapter, Kochi.
  8. 22ndNational conference of Indian Association of Public Health dentistry, Dhule, Maharashtra.
  9. 11thNational Post Graduate Convention of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry, Puducherry.
  10. 2ndInter Amrita Research Synergy Day, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.
  11. 23rd National conference of Indian Association of Public Health dentistry, Dhule, Maharashtra.
Workshops Attended
  • Certificate Course in Basic Health Economics (PGIMER)
  • JBI ToT (Training of the Trainer) Comprehensive Systematic Review and Scoping Review
  • JBI CSRTP (Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program)
  • Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research
  • (NIH, USA)
  • Mixed Method International Research Association Core: Season 3
  • Health research fundamentals (National Institute of Epidemiology)
  • Introduction to Biostatistics (IIT, Bombay)
  • Certified course on Ethics in public health practice (Azim Premji University)
  • Current Regulatory Requirements for Conducting Clinical Trials in India (IIT Madras)
  • Qualitative Research Methods and Research Writing (IIT Karaghpur)
  • SAMARTH Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis workshop (Schizophrenia Research Foundation, Chennai)
Additional Professional Activities

Online Certificate Courses

  • Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research course by The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Centre, U.S.A. (Online Course)
  • Evidence Based Public Health Training Series course conducted by Northwest Centre for Public Health Practice, University of Washington. (Online Course)
  • Health research fundamentals course by National Institute of Epidemiology funded by the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. (NPTEL)
  • Introduction to Biostatistics course by Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay funded by the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. (NPTEL)
  • Current Regulatory Requirements for Conducting Clinical Trials in India course by Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. (NPTEL)

Field Work

  • Co-investigator, Community health diagnosis program amongst tribals in Kalpetta, Wayanad District, Kerala, 2016.
  • Co-investigator, Oral disease Vulnerability mapping in a tribal hamlet at Wayanad. 2018.
  • Organizer, Amritasmitham Health Promoting School program for tribal school children in Kalpetta, Wayanad District, Kerala, 2017.
  • Organizer, Raksha School screening camp for children with special needs.
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