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Summer 2016

Our summer newsletter has all of our latest news and updates, including information on the new titles we registered in April, news on a visit to the Editorial Base from an international team updating a priority review, and our latest publications. Don't forget you can see back issues of all our newsletters on our website. If you want updates on our latest reviews, you can subscribe via email to our blog, where you can find an extended plain language summary for each of our reviews as they are published or updated.


New titles registered by Cochrane Oral Health

We had a meeting of our international editorial team in April, where we were joined by editors and clinical advisors from around the world to discuss the new title proposals received by the team over the last six months.

The new titles we have registered are:
Occlusal interventions for managing temporomandibular disorders
Registered by: Balendra Pratap Singh, Srinivasan Jayaraman, Hemant Jivanani,Suja Joseph, Muthu Murugan, Richard Kirubakaran

Systemic antibiotic prophylaxis for preventing infectious complications in maxillofacial trauma surgery
Registered by: Ubai Alsharif, Essam Al-Moraissi, Samer Alabed

Interventions for managing necrotic pulp in immature permanent teeth
Registered by: Rajeev Kumar Singh, Vijay Kumar Shakya, Richa Khanna, Balendra Pratap Singh, Garima Jindal

School dental screening for oral health
Registered by: Ankita Arora, Shivi Khattri, Noorliza Mastura Ismail, Prashanti Eachempati, Sumanth Kumbargere Nagraj

Adjunctive systemic antimicrobials for the non-surgical treatment of chronic and aggressive periodontitis
Registered by: Shivi Khattri, Ankita Arora, Chandan Kumar Kusum, Kishore Bhat, Prashanti Eachempati, Sumanth Kumbargere Nagraj

Good luck to all our new review teams, and we look forward to receiving the protocols! Read more on our blog.

Due to the fact we have registered 5 new titles this time, we will not be registering any more new titles until April 2017. For more information on how to submit an application, see our website. New applications must reach us by midnight GMT on 30 March 2017.

Cochrane reviews continue to be high quality

Cochrane strategy to 2020 goals 1 and 2 centre on the need to conduct and publish high quality and relevant systematic reviews that impact in the world of health care decision making. Recent research by a research team led by Matthew Page and David Moher, and published in PLOS Medicine,  confirms that Cochrane Reviews continue to incorporate indicators of quality consistently and also to outscore non-Cochrane Reviews. With a few exceptions, the study shows that Cochrane SRs have improved the quality of reporting and score more highly than non-Cochrane counterparts, even though the standard of reporting of the latter has also improved. Fully 13 of the 26 indicators presented in the paper show Cochrane Reviews achieving >90% compliance. Cochrane Editor-in-Chief David Tovey commented "This is a tremendous achievement on the part of Cochrane’s review authors and editorial teams, demonstrating the commitment and rigour that is invested in our reviews."

Cochrane Oral Health scores highly on quality of Plain Language Summaries

Some recent research by Cochrane Croatia on the quality of Plain Language Summaries in Cochrane Reviews placed Oral Health at the top of all Cochrane groups in terms of how well they adhere to the Cochrane standards for PLSs (PLEACS). Read the full article here. Congratulations and thanks to our Consumer Co-ordinator, Ruth Floate, who has been instrumental in the improvement of our PLSs.

Visit to the Editorial Base

The Editorial Base had a visit from the team undertaking the update of the review Oral hygiene care for critically ill patients to prevent ventilator associated pneumonia. The team were the recipients of a National Institute for Health Research Incentive Award. Chunjie Li and Huixu Xie from China and Sue Furness from New Zealand joined Professor Helen Worthington and Fang Hua at the University of Manchester for a productive week working on the review. The team are aiming to publish the update later this year.

Cochrane rebranding

Cochrane has undertaken a rebranding exercise over the last 12 months, with new websites updated with Cochrane's enhanced logos. As a result, we have dropped the "Group" from our name, and we are now known as Cochrane Oral Health, with a new teal and blue logo. Our website address is now and our new email address is

The GRADE approach to evaluating the quality of evidence: a pathway

Assessing the quality of a body of evidence is mandatory when undertaking a Cochrane systematic review. GRADE is Cochrane's recommended approach for grading the quality of evidence and the strength of recommendations. Cochrane Training have produced a set of online learning resources to act as a pathway through GRADE. Access the training materials here.

Goodbye to Helen Wakeford

Our Deputy Managing Editor Helen Wakeford is moving on to two new posts with Cochrane; as an Editor with the Cochrane Editorial Unit, and as part-time Managing Editor with Cochrane Injuries. Helen has been part of the Oral Health team for the past two years, and she will still be part of the Cochrane community. We wish her well in her new roles.
New and updated publications on the Cochrane Library

New review: Interventions for treating oro-antral communications and fistulae due to dental procedures

This review considers the evidence on oro-antral communications - unnatural openings between the oral cavity and the maxillary sinus. Surgical procedures for managing these include flaps, grafts and other techniques, such as re-implanting third molars. Non-surgical techniques include allogenic materials and xenografts. The team undertaking the review only found one trial which met the inclusion criteria, and this provided very low quality evidence. Read more.


New review: Interventions for treating post-extraction bleeding

This new review looks at treating abnormal post-extraction bleeding (PEB), defined as bleeding that continues 8-12 hours after tooth extraction. A search for randomized controlled trials was conducted in March 2016, but no evidence was found on how to treat this frequently encountered complication. Read more.

Protocol: Interventions with pregnant women and new mothers for preventing caries in children

This new review will assess the effects of interventions with pregnant women and mothers of infants up to the age of 12 months on dental caries experience in their children up to the age of 6 years. Specifically, the intervention types include: 1) clinical interventions, 2) oral health education and promotion, and 3) policy and access to services. Read more.

Protocol: Interventions for managing halitosis

This protocol brings together our reviews on mouthrinses and tongue brushing to manage halitosis, and considers these interventions alongside other techniques. It will include any intervention for the management of halitosis compared to another or placebo, or no intervention. Read more.

Protocol: Fabrication of complete / partial dentures for treating edentulous patients

Edentulism is among the 50 most common diseases in the world, affecting 2.3% of the total global population in 2010. This new review will consider different impression techniques for making dentures, both complete and partial.   Read more.


Upcoming training opportunities

2-4 July 2016 - Cochrane author training workshop in Hamilton, Canada.

4-8 July 2016 - 3rd European Summer School in Evidence-Based Public Health in Munich, Germany

6-8 July 2016 - Introduction to writing a systematic review following Cochrane methods in Sydney, Australia

14-15 July 2016 - Evidence-informed public health short course in Melbourne, Australia

1-2 August 2016 - Introduction to systematic reviews of health interventions in Melbourne, Australia

7-9 September 2016 - Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of diagnostic test accuracy in Birmingham, UK

12-14 September 2016 - Introduction to writing a systematic review following Cochrane methods in Adelaide, Australia

3-4 October 2016 - Critical appraisal of medical studies in Vienna, Austria (workshop in German)

6-7 October 2016 - Medical statistics for non-statisticians (basic course) in Krems, Austria


Cochrane Learning Live presents the following webinars which you can join online - sign up is free of charge. Follow the links for more information:

12 July 2016 (3pm UTC): Getting to know EPPI Reviewer

30 August 2016 (4pm UTC): Cochrane Register of Studies and importing references in RevMan

21 September 2016 (10am UTC): Putting the power of Cochrane to work for you: getting the most out of Cochrane Crowd and TaskExchange

24th Cochrane Colloquium

The 24th Cochrane Colloquium takes place from 23-27 October in Seoul, South Korea at the Grand Hilton Hotel. Early bird registration opens on April 1 and closes August 10. Read the Cochrane Colloquia FAQs and visit the website for more information.
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