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Cochrane Oral Health Group
NIHR and the Global Alliance have made the Cochrane Oral Health Group
a world leader in evidence-based oral health care.

Thanks to their support over the past 4 years,
Cochrane OHG has:

PUBLISHED gold standard work

  • 134 publications (52 new protocols, 42 new reviews, and 40 updated reviews) of internationally renowned quality, across all 8 defined areas of dentistry: periodontology, operative (including endodontics) and prosthodontics, paediatric dentistry, dental public health, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral medicine, orthodontics, and cleft lip and/or palate
  • Podcast production
  • Evidence summaries for patients on our website
  • Highly-accessed research*:
    - Interventions for preventing oral mucositis for patients with cancer receiving treatment (n = 7479)
    - Sealants for preventing dental decay in the permanent teeth (n = 7026)
    - Oral hygiene care for critically ill patients to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia (n = 5686)
    - Manual versus powered toothbrushing for oral health (n = 6655)
    - Fluoride varnishes for preventing dental caries in children and adolescents (n = 6639)
    *2013 access figures

PARTNERED with diverse collaborators

  • More than 800 authors and 300 referees, in over 40 countries
  • International expert panels of clinicians and researchers across our 8 areas of dentistry
  • IADR’s Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network (GOHIRA)
  • World Health Organization
  • International guideline developers (ADA, NICE, SIGN, SDCEP)
  • The public, in an open survey about key oral health concerns
  • Consumers, through our Consumer Co-ordinator

PRIORITISED within our scope

  • The most globally important topics within each of our 8 areas of dentistry
  • A core portfolio of 81 existing review titles that we will keep up-to-date
  • Identified priority topics for 15 new intervention reviews
  • Undertaken 2 diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) reviews to enhance our suite of evidence for oral cancer
  • Plans to complete stalled reviews

PROMOTED evidence-based care

  • International conference presentations and training
    o    IADR workshops;
    o    Professional societies, including many GA partners
  • Training for researchers and clinicians
  • Reviews have been linked to changing practice
  • Reviews have led to the design of new RCTs
  • Produced an introductory video about Cochrane OHG’s research activities (over 1200 views to date)

PERFORMED exceptionally well
As measured by:

  • the Cochrane Editorial Unit’s quality assurance standards
  • an exponential increase of over 50% in productivity
    - Jan 1996-Sep 2010: 167 reviews published (112 new reviews; 55 updated reviews) over 165 months – 1.0 publications p/month
    - Oct 2010-Dec 2014: 82 reviews published (42 new reviews; 40 updated reviews) over 51 months – 1.6 publications p/month
  • our Impact Factor (2013: 4.00), which ranks the Cochrane OHG’s publications alongside the top 3 dental journals
  • award of NIHR Incentive scheme grant to complete review on Immunotherapy for the treatment of oral cancer

Funding from the Cochrane OHG’s 10 Global Alliance partners has made possible the employment of a senior systematic reviewer and a research coordinator who have been key to many of these achievements.

If you or your organisation are interested in becoming a Global Alliance partner to Cochrane OHG, please visit the website for futher information or email us.


New oral health publications on the Cochrane Library

No new evidence was published on the Cochrane Library in Issue 1 (January), 2015.

In Issue 2 (February), Cochrane OHG published 3 new protocols:

In Issue 3 (March), Cochrane OHG published 2 new reviews:


New Cochrane OHG editorial board addition

We are delighted to announce that Thomas Lamont has accepted an invitation to join Cochrane OHG's editorial board. Thomas specialises in restorative dentistry and is a Clinical Research Fellow based at the University of Dundee's Dental School.

He has been actively engaged with Cochrane OHG for several years now, authoring several Cochrane reviews for the Group and providing sound clinical guidance in his capacity of referee and restorative clinical advisor to the editorial board.


Cochrane UK & Ireland symposium 2015
There is less than a month to go until the 2015 Cochrane UK & Ireland symposium, which centres around Cochrane's strategic (Goal 3) theme of "advocating for evidence": To make Cochrane the home of evidence to inform health decision making, build greater recognition of our work, and become the leading advocate for evidence-informed health care.

Key speakers on ageing, disaster care, migration, social media in research, and NHS whistleblowing are confirmed to attend. Four members of the editorial base will also be in attendance at the symposium in Dublin, based at the Convention Centre, from 23 to 24 April 2015.

Continuing last year's successful campaign to share discussions from the symposium in real-time to allow greater engagement, attendees are asked to make use of the symposium hashtag, #CochraneAdvocate.

Follow the symposium's speakers and meeting discussions here.

Flights to Cochrane Colloquium 2015 in Vienna

To find out more about the Colloquium, Cochrane's flagship event for its contributors, please click here.


Cochrane organisation-wide priority review list
Cochrane published an organisation-wide priority review list of 200 titles in January 2015, as part of Cochrane's Strategy to 2020 (see section 1.1) to prioritise the publication of clinically important evidence.

From Cochrane OHG's own priority titles, we selected 4 of particular importance to submit to this organisation-wide list. We will update our eNewsletter subscribers with progress made on these reviews later in the year.

Cochrane rebrand

As part of Cochrane's Strategy to 2020 (see section 3.1), Cochrane have recently launched a rebranded identity. No longer referred to as The Cochrane Collaboration, the organisation will now be known simply as Cochrane.

In rebranding Cochrane, new organisation-wide logos have been produced, and the Cochrane Library and cochrane.org homepages have had an aesthetic and functional overhaul.

Cochrane.org is now entirely focused upon external users, and all previous content designed for use by Cochrane contributors is now hosted on community.cochrane.org, which will see the rebrand rolled out to its content in due course.

As a Cochrane entity, Cochrane Oral Health Group will also rebrand, and will launch our new identity (including the new logo) after overhauling our existing website to provide a more streamlined online presence, including our social media channels (Twitter and Facebook) and blog.

We hope to launch Cochrane OHG's overhauled brand by summer 2015. Watch this space...
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