We’ve had a busy year at the Oral Health Group, here’s some of our highlights of 2014!
We published 18 new and updated reviews:
- Direct composite resin fillings versus amalgam fillings for permanent or adult posterior teeth
- Interventions for iatrogenic inferior alveolar and lingual nerve injury
- Interventions for replacing missing teeth: augmentation procedures of the maxillary sinus
- Interventions for replacing missing teeth: different types of dental implants
- Interventions for the management of oral ulcers in Behçet’s disease
- Interventions for the management of taste disturbances
- Intraoperative local anaesthesia for reduction of postoperative pain following general anaesthesia for dental treatment in children and adolescents
- Orthodontic and orthopaedic treatment for anterior open bite in children
- Orthodontic treatment for posterior crossbites
- Periodontal therapy for the management of cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic periodontitis
- Powered versus manual toothbrushing for oral health
- Pulp treatment for extensive decay in primary teeth
- Reinforcement of anchorage during orthodontic brace treatment with implants or other surgical methods
- Replacement versus repair of defective restorations in adults: amalgam
- Replacement versus repair of defective restorations in adults: resin composite
- Slow-release fluoride devices for the control of dental decay
- Surgical techniques for the removal of mandibular wisdom teeth
- Systemic antibiotics for symptomatic apical periodontitis and acute apical abscess in adults
In March, the annual Cochrane UK and Ireland Symposium took place in the Group’s home city of Manchester. Anwen Cope, who authored the review on Systemic antibiotics for symptomatic apical periodontitis and acute apical abscess in adults won 1st prize in the student competition for her Prezi, promoting a Cochrane review in an imaginative way. Have a look at her work on the Students 4 Best Evidence website…
2014 was a very important year for us as we undertook an extensive prioritization exercise over the summer. We contacted our authors in the different specialties and asked them to rank our existing reviews in order of clinical importance. Then we convened an expert panel in each speciality area and asked them to discuss the results. We also did a survey of the general public, to see which questions in dentistry and oral health they felt were the most important. At the end of the process, we were left with a final list of priority titles, which gives us a core portfolio of reviews to maintain on the Cochrane Library. We are going to move this work forward in 2015, and start the process of updating these reviews. To find out more about what we did and the results, visit the priority reviews section of our website.
This year’s Cochrane Colloquium took place in Hyderabad in September, and several members of the Editorial Team attended the event. We were delighted to be asked to take part in a plenary session, the first time that the Oral Health Group has presented at a Colloquium plenary. Co-ordinating Editor Jan Clarkson talked about how the Cochrane Editorial Unit’s screening programme has affected the Editorial Base.
We welcomed our new Managing Editor, Laura MacDonald, in November. Laura will be with us to cover for Luisa Fernandez-Mauleffinch whilst she is on maternity leave. Luisa gave birth to a healthy baby girl (Martha Isabel) in September, and will be back with the team in Autumn 2015.
The Cochrane Oral Health Group has reached the grand age of 20 years young this year. To celebrate we launched a competition to win a flight to the next Cochrane Colloquium in Vienna:
If you’re an active author with the Oral Health Group, there’s still lots of time to enter (click the air ticket above to enlarge). Tell us how you’ve progressed a high quality review or update for publication on the Cochrane Library or about any promotion work you have done for the Oral Health Group. You could be on your way to Austria in October 2015!
In December, we also found out that we had been awarded an NIHR incentive award for the review: Interventions for the treatment of oral and oropharyngeal cancers: targeted therapy and immunotherapy. Congratulations to the review team!
As part of the Christmas celebrations, we took part in the Evidently Advent Christmas Calendar. The Group’s Research Co-ordinator Jo Weldon produced an advent comic in the form of a Prezi, which went live on the calendar on 3 December: