About us

Cochrane Oral Health publishes summaries of research evidence to help people (patients, carers, clinicians, researchers and funders) make better informed decisions about oral healthcare choices.

We are based in the School of Dentistry at The University of Manchester, UK and are members of Cochrane. We conduct systematic reviews in response to global priorities and these reviews are published in the Cochrane Library. Our research covers all aspects of oral healthcare - the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of oral, dental and craniofacial diseases and disorders. We consider sustainability and equity in our reviews and include economic evaluations or brief economic commentaries wherever possible.

We have more than 200 reviews published in the Cochrane Library and our reviews contribute to international clinical guidelines including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Dental Association (ADA), Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP), and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Our team includes leading clinical and methodological experts with substantial experience of delivering high-quality, impactful research. To answer research questions, we use a wide range of current review methodologies: scoping, rapid, interventional, diagnostic test accuracy, prevalence and incidence, and overviews. Our researchers have complementary skills in information retrieval, risk of bias assessment, use of GRADE, quantitative and qualitative synthesis for experimental and observational study designs, and economic evaluations.

Our existing relationships with consumer, research, practice and policy partners are central to ensuring the relevance of our work and supporting the uptake of our reviews. We have a strong track record in collaborating with stakeholders internationally, developing and evaluating strategies to help people acquire, assess and apply research evidence to support decision-making.

We are pleased to be working with Penn Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA who became a Cochrane Oral Health Collaborating Center in 2022. In this new and exciting collaboration, we are conducting priority reviews and review updates. We will also be focusing on capacity building and training a new generation of evidence synthesis researchers in the field of global oral health.