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Summer 2017

It's summer time in the northern hemisphere, and we're bringing you up to date with our quarterly dose of Cochrane evidence. We've got news of what we've been up to at the Editorial Base over the last three months, our latest publications on the Cochrane Library, and some great training events. Keep in touch with us via Twitter, our blog and our Facebook page.


Welcoming Jennifer Taylor...

Cochrane Oral Health is delighted to welcome Jennifer Taylor to the Editorial Team as an Editor with the group. Jenny has been an author on several reviews including: Interventions for the management of oral ulcers in Behçet's disease and Systemic interventions for recurrent aphthous stomatitis. She is based in Glasgow in Scotland and her clinical specialty is Oral Medicine. We look forward to working with her in the coming months.

New editor Fang Hua joins the team

This quarter we have also welcomed Fang Hua to the editorial team. Fang has recently completed a PhD at the University of Manchester, and lead the review update on Oral hygiene care for critically ill patients to prevent ventilator associated pneumonia. He is based in China and his clinical specialty is orthodontics. We look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role as Cochrane Oral Health Editor.

Newly released Cochrane impact factor

Cochrane's latest impact factor has been announced. The impact factor for the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) for 2016 is 6.124, a slight increase on the 2015 impact factor of 6.103. This means that CDSR is now ranked 14 of the 154 journals in the Medicine, General & Internal category. The CDSR impact factor is calculated by taking the total number of citations in a given year to all Cochrane Reviews published in the past 2 years, and dividing that number by the total number of Reviews published in the past 2 years. Read more.

Cochrane Oral Health are (virtual) guests at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Members of the Cochrane Oral Health editorial team took part in a three day workshop held by our Global Alliance partners at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi. Helen Worthington, Jan Clarkson, Anne-Marie Glenny, Phil Riley and Anne Littlewood delivered sessions on the background to Cochrane Oral Health, the importance of the protocol, summary of findings and dissemination of evidence. The team could not be there in person so it all happened via the magic of video conferencing. Delegates fed back that they thoroughly enjoyed some engaging lectures.

Meet up for Cochrane groups hosted by the University of Manchester

Cochrane Oral Health is based at the University of Manchester in the UK, and Manchester hosts two other Cochrane groups: Cochrane Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma and Cochrane Wounds. The three groups got together at a meeting in May to discuss ways of working together and collaborating to make our reviews even better. It was a productive day, with lots of great ideas on sharing knowledge and experience.

Cochrane Croatia: co-ordinating editors present at annual symposium

In early June, Cochrane Oral Health's Co-ordinating Editors, Professors Helen Worthington and Jan Clarkson, and Deputy Co-ordinating Editor, Professor Anne-Marie Glenny, delivered a range of oral presentations and workshops around the subject of evidence based dental medicine at the 9th Croatian Cochrane Symposium. The symposium was hosted by Cochrane Croatia and the University of Split School of Medicine. It took place at the end of the week that Cochrane Croatia was awarded full independent Cochrane centre status on 6 June, and Cochrane Oral Health joined in with the celebrations. Read more.

New title registered

The Editorial Team held a meeting to discuss the new title applications in April. Editors and clinical advisors joined from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, the US, Switzerland and the UK. 18 new systematic review title proposals were considered. One title met the criteria for a high priority topic and went forward for registration: Sealants for preventing dental caries in primary teeth. Priyadarshini Ramamurthy from SEGi University in Malaysia will be lead author on the review. Read more.

Visit to the editorial base

In April we had a visit from Professor Carlos Zaror from Chile and Maria Jose Martinez-Zapata from Spain, two authors on the Cochrane review Atraumatic restorative treatment versus conventional restorative treatment for managing dental caries. They spent two days at the editorial base, working on their review with input from the team. Much progress was made and the review will be published later this year.

New Cochrane Oral Health video on fluoride mouthrinse

Cochrane Oral Health have teamed up with the University of Manchester to produce a "Minute Lecture", a new short video featuring our review on fluoride mouthrinse. The video is narrated by Cochrane Oral Health Editor Dr. Tanya Walsh, who is an author on the review. Watch the video.

MSc in Evidence Based Healthcare

The University of Manchester is offering a postgraduate course in Evidence-Based Healthcare. It is a distance learning course, which can be undertaken over 1 year full time, or 2 years part time. It can be taken as an MSc, a postgraduate diploma or a postgraduate certificate. It aims to train participants in the processes of evidence synthesis, guidelines development and implementation. Find out more.
New and updated publications on the Cochrane Library

New review: Treating periodontal disease for preventing adverse birth outcomes in pregnant women

The aim of this Cochrane review was to find out if treating gum disease can prevent adverse birth outcomes in pregnant women. Evidence was included from 15 randomised controlled trials, and the research found that there is no evidence that the treatment of gum disease reduces the number of babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Read more.

New protocol: Interventions for managing immature permanent teeth with necrotic pulps

Dental caries and traumatic injuries are common problems in young children with immature permanent teeth. This new review will assess the effects of different interventions to manage the condition. Read more.

New protocol: Non-pharmacological interventions for managing dental anxiety in children

This new review will consider techniques for relieving dental phobia or anxiety in children. These could include positive reinforcement, distraction, voice control, hypnosis or cognitive behavioural therapy. Read more.

New protocol: Oral hygiene programmes for people with intellectual disabilities

This new review aims to assess the effects of oral hygiene interventions for people who have an intellectual disability. This population have a higher prevalence and greater severity of periodontal disease than the general population. Interventions which target both people with an intellectual disability and their carers will be considered. Read more.

New protocol: Interventions for replacing missing teeth: implant placement at different levels in relation to crestal bone

This review looks at the evidence on determining the effects of root-formed osseointegrated dental implants placed at different levels in relation to the alveolar crest (crestal, subcrestal, or supracrestal) for replacing teeth on aesthetics, marginal bone level, implant and prosthetic failures. Read more.

Translations: Find Cochrane Oral Health evidence on our website in languages other than English

In the last few months, we have added reviews translated into Croatian, Chinese, Malay, German, French, Polish, Russian and Tamil to our website. Find out more by visiting our March, April and May translations pages. You can also listen to a podcast in Croatian of our review Management of gag reflex for patients undergoing dental treatment here.


Upcoming training opportunities

Writing a systematic review following Cochrane methods
Sydney, Australia, 5-7 July

Writing a systematic review following Cochrane methods
Brisbane, Australia
9-11 August

Completing a Cochrane systematic review
Bagayam, Vellore, India
21-25 August

Introduction to writing a Cochrane review
Melaka, Malaysia
23-25 August

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of diagnostic test accuracy
Birmingham, UK
4-6 September

Health economics evaluations and economic evidence: finding information to inform HTAs and economic models
York, UK
6 September

Meta-analysis: advanced methods using the STATA software
Lausanne, Switzerland
20-22 September

Cochrane UK review author training
Oxford, UK
4 & 5 July, 12 & 13th July


Introduction to Covidence webinar series

Introduction to Covidence for Cochrane Authors is a regularly repeated live walk-through of Covidence’s features by Anneliese Arno, Community Manager at Covidence. Covidence is Cochrane’s new online systematic review production platform, and was selected by Cochrane to become the standard platform for Cochrane Reviews.  Covidence supports import and deduplication of citations, title and abstract and full text screening, risk of bias assessment and data extraction, and export of data directly into RevMan or Excel.

Global Evidence Summit

Registration is now open for the Global Evidence Summit. This replaces the usual Cochrane Colloquium in 2017.

It will be the first time that Cochrane, The Campbell Collaboration, Guidelines-International Network, International Society for Evidence-based Health Care, and Joanna Briggs Institute have joined forces to create the premiere event in evidence-based policy.  It takes place in Cape Town from 13-16 September. Go to the Global Evidence Summit website for details.
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