Cochrane Oral Health Group eNewsletter | February 2012

Cochrane Oral Health Group

17th Annual Meeting of UK and Ireland-based Cochrane Collaboration Contributors

Tuesday 20 - Wednesday 21 March 2012, Burleigh Court, University of Loughborough, UK

The meeting provides an opportunity for UK and Ireland based members actively involved with The Cochrane Collaboration to get together to learn, debate and network.

This year the plenary sessions will focus on looking forward and the impact and sustainability of The Cochrane Collaboration. Workshops at the 2012 meeting will focus on the challenges faced in preparing and maintaining Cochrane systematic reviews, and how to overcome them, and will also cover the basics for newcomers.

Registrations are invited from:

  • UK and Ireland based active contributors to registered and possible Cochrane entities (Cochrane Review Groups, Fields, Networks, Methods Groups),
  • Lay people and consumers involved with The Cochrane Collaboration,
  • UK-based convenors of exploratory meetings,
  • Representatives of UK and Ireland based funding agencies supporting Cochrane activities, and
  • Individuals in any of these categories based in other countries for which the UK Cochrane Centre is the reference Cochrane Centre.

To find out more and to register, click here to visit the website. Alternatively if you have any queries, please e-mail

Recently published in The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Oral Health Group publishes its reviews, updates and protocols within the Cochrane Library.
The most recent issue of the Cochrane Library is Issue 2, released in February 2012.
Within it, COHG published the following:
 - Interventions for replacing missing teeth: management of soft tissues for dental implants
Esposito M, Maghaireh H, Grusovin MG, Ziounas Y, Worthington HV    
 - Interventions for replacing missing teeth: partially absent dentition
Abt E, Carr A, Worthington HV
 - Interventions for the management of dry mouth: non-pharmacological interventions
Bryan G, Furness S, Birchenough S, McMillan R, Worthington HV   
 - Metal free materials for prosthodontic restorations
Poggio C, Esposito M, Ercoli C, Monaco C  

In Issue 1, released in January 2012, COHG published the following:
Review Update - New search / conclusions not changed
Orthodontic treatment for deep bite and retroclined upper front teeth in children.
Millett DT, Cunningham S, O'Brien KD, Benson PE, de Oliveira CM.
Interventions for replacing missing teeth: treatment of peri‐implantitis.
Esposito M, Grusovin MG, Worthington HV.

To find out what has else has recently been published within the Cochrane Library, please click here.

Help needed!

COHG needs your help locating ongoing randomised controlled trials (RCTs) for the Cochrane review ‘Dental extractions prior to radiotherapy to the jaws for reducing post-radiotherapy dental complications’.

Please contact us at if you know of any head and neck units around the world carrying out RCTs that may be of relevance.

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Top tips for authors

What's new in The Cochrane Handbook version 5.1.0 (March 2011) - Version 5.1.0 updates the Handbook to reflect changes in RevMan 5.1.

Chapter 8 Risk of Bias The Cochrane ‘Risk of bias tool’ has been modified for RevMan 5.1. The chapter has been modified in numerous places to reflect the modified tool. The changes are summarized in Table 8.5.b: Differences between the ‘Risk of bias’ tool described in Handbook versions 5.0.1/5.0.2 and the revised ‘Risk of bias’ tool described in Handbook version 5.1.0

Reference the latest version:
Higgins JPT, Green S (editors). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Version 5.1.0 [updated March 2011]. The Cochrane Collaboration, 2011. Available from

Authors: List only the first six authors of any reference, and use “et al” after the sixth author if there are more than six authors; for example, Abera G, Takahashi N, Thugwane J, Roba F, Hwang Y-C, Yegorova V, et al. The comma before “et al” is optional, but be consistent in its use.

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