Dental Health Services Research Unit

Dental Health Services Research Unit (DHSRU) is a recognised research centre across a range of dental health services research both nationally and internationally

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The Unit has evolved to meet the changing needs of the NHS in Scotland and has made long term contributions in the areas of dental epidemiology and public health, cariology, practice-based dental research and evidence based dentistry.

The Unit's remit is:               

“To contribute to improving oral health and effective dental healthcare in Scotland and beyond by undertaking and facilitating collaborative health-related research and development which is delivered and implemented to international quality standards.”

DHSRU remains unique in dentistry, in the UK and internationally, by maintaining a long term portfolio of projects focusing on matters of importance to health services and providers of routine dental care. The rich history and 'corporate memory' of its staff, combined with a mature network of local, national and international collaborators, enables DHSRU to exploit synergies and deliver a range of dental research in key priority areas to high methodological standards.

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Oral Health and Health Research Programme

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The purpose of this research programme is to reduce health inequality by addressing oral health as an indication and predictor of health and psycho-social functioning

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Centre for Evidence Based Dentistry

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The Centre provides specialist advice to the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme and has also provided input to the development of the Department of Health’s Developing Better Health

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Effective Dental Practice Programme

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This programme includes high quality randomised controlled trials (RCT) in primary care, the production of Cochrane reviews and a framework of translation research embedded within the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme

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