Join us in Vancouver at IADR!

Heading to Vancouver next week for the IADR General Session?

Do you get frustrated seeing oral health organisations working in silos, duplicating work done by others, spending time and money answering questions no-one is asking?

Or learning there is ‘insufficient evidence’ or results are misinterpreted at the same time as good research languishes for years, or even decades, before being put into practice?

If so, meet with other like-minded individuals to hear about and discuss the best ways of working collaboratively to promote priority research, minimise duplication, share resources and data, support implementation, and improve oral health. Please join us at a symposium of the Global Evidence Ecosystem in Oral Health network on Wednesday 19 June at 10.15am (to 11.45 am) in Room 110 of the Vancouver Conference Centre.

We look forward to seeing you there and hearing your ideas for generating new solutions to old problems.

Please also plan to attend our GEEOH Business Meeting on Thursday 20 June at 10.45am (till 12.30pm) in Room 104 of the Vancouver Conference Centre.

Cochrane Oral Health’s impact factor leaps to 5.340 in 2017

Every year in June, Clarivate Analytics publish the Journal Impact Factors of all journals indexed in their Journal Citation Report. Impact factor is a calculation which shows the number of citations that articles published in a journal received in a given year (in this case, in 2017) divided by the number articles published by the journal in the previous two years (2015 and 2016). Continue reading

Do the drugs work? Cochrane evidence on antibiotics in dentistry

799px-Medication_amoxycillin_capsule13-17 November is World Antibiotic Awareness Week. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that antibiotic resistance is:  “one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today”. Antibiotics are used to prevent and treat bacterial infections, but if over-used they can cause bacteria to change and become resistant. This makes infections more difficult to treat, and results in longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and increased mortality (World Health Organization, 2017).

Antibiotics are still commonly used in dentistry, Cope et al (2014) estimate that 8-10% of antibiotics used in primary care are prescribed by dentists in some parts of the world. Their effectiveness has been explored by several Cochrane Oral Health reviews over the years, looking at some of the scenarios where they might be prescribed. Today we have a look back over the evidence… Continue reading

12 months on: Cochrane Oral Health, Dundee Dental School, and Wikipedia – a project update

Cochrane Oral Health's Co-ordinating Editor Jan Clarkson talks to the Wikipedia Editing Team at Dundee Dental School

Cochrane Oral Health’s Co-ordinating Editor Jan Clarkson talks to the Wikipedia Editing Team at Dundee Dental School

Last summer, we blogged about the fantastic project to update articles about dentistry on Wikipedia, led by the students at Dundee Dental School.

The team have been doing excellent work to update Wikipedia with Cochrane evidence. The project has been running since January 2016, led by Dundee graduate Nour Geres. Continue reading