Prioritising our reviews – the results are in!

prioritiesThe Cochrane Oral Health Group has been conducting a prioritisation exercise over the last six months, and the results are now available!

Why prioritise?

The prioritisation of important topic areas for systematic reviews has long been a goal for Cochrane. Prioritising reviews helps to ensure that scarce resources are not wasted on reviews that are not useful to clinicians and patients. It means that the Oral Health Group will have a core portfolio of reviews on The Cochrane Library that can be kept up-to date and relevant to both people in the oral health professions and people who are using their services.

How did we do it?

In August 2014, the Oral Health Group had 234 existing titles. These were divided into 8 specialty areas (there was some overlap, with some titles appearing in more than one area):

  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Oral medicine
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Periodontology
  • Dental public health
  • Operative and prosthodontic dentistry
  • Orthodontics
  • Paediatric dentistry

All of the Group’s authors in each area were contacted and asked to rank the titles in order of clinical importance. We then convened 8 panels of international experts in each field, who discussed the rankings. In addition, we produced a survey that was open to anyone and shared it via our website and social media. This was a very open-ended survey, which asked people to share their questions and concerns relating to dental care.

The results

The results of the process were analysed, and we now have a core portfolio of 81 existing titles that will be prioritised for future updates. The full list is available on our website, along with links to each on The Cochrane Library. You can also find full details of membership of the expert panels.