EFP adds video section to website offering wide range of material
The new Perio Video section
The EFP has created a new section on its website to house the wide range of the scientific, informative, educational, and institutional videos and films that it produces.
The section also contains audiovisual material provided by EFP-affiliated national perio societies and by third parties where scientific input from EFP senior officers is included.
The new Perio Video section now offers free access to 40 videos – with many more on the way – and viewers are invited to share these via social media or email.
The videos are grouped in six categories:
1. Gum health includes scientific videos on the links between periodontal and general health, and a summary of the important findings of the EFP Perio Workshop 2014 on the prevention of periodontal and peri-implant diseases.
2 EFP interviews offers the in-depth interviews conducted by EFP communications committee chair Tiernan O’Brien with the pioneers of European periodontology. This series features interviews with Ubele van der Velden, Klaus Lang, Jan Lindhe, Thorkild Karring, and Giovan Paolo Pini Prato.
3. European perio day features videos related to the EFP’s annual gum-health awareness day, which takes place on May 12, including a series of video clips on the successful European Day of Periodontology 2016.
4. EFP events features videos from the EFP-organised conferences and events, including EuroPerio, Perio Workshop, and Perio Master Clinic.
5. Perio matters offers several videos that narrate the work of the EFP (founded in 1991) during the last 25 years, including an interview with founding president Jean-Louis Giovannoli and a recent institutional video which explains the EFP’s mission of “periodontal health for a better life.”
6. The Sound of Periodontitis features the pioneering EFP film The Sound of Periodontitis with subtitles in various languages, including English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Additional categories may be created as the Perio Video section expands. More material will be added in the coming months, including videos from the recent Perio Workshop 2016, in which experts from the EFP and the European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA) reviewed the evidence about the links between caries and periodontal diseases.
“In today’s world, video has become a powerful way to share beliefs and impact audiences in the comfort of their own home or office,” said Tiernan O’Brien, chair of the EFP communications committee. “It is a critical communication tool in business, politics, social media, and entertainment. And it is material that can easily be shared and widely disseminated.
“Therefore, it is important that the EFP harness the power of this medium to help us achieve our aim of promoting periodontal health in Europe. Our material is modest today, but should grow into a formidable video library over the next few years. It is my hope that people will find this material interesting and useful for their own purposes and in helping the EFP promote periodontal health for a better life."
Darko Božić, the EFP’s webmaster, added: “Video has become the most powerful tool for conveying messages. We in the EFP have realised this and, from a modest start today, we will continuously add new material in this new section of our website.”
He said that he believed the new section would be well received by visitors the website and that “we owe it to our EFP members to deliver more high-quality video ‘publications’ to convey messages about periodontology and the EFP.”
Finally, Dr Božić said: “Although it may look easy and logical, it was quite a task and effort to set up this section, which I hope will be visited frequently.”
EFP-produced videos are also available on the federation’s YouTube channel.