Welcome to the Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network (SDPBRN). The aim of SDPBRN is to promote the implementation of evidence-based practice in Scotland through the partnership and participation of all providers of primary dental care in the conduct of high quality research and the dissemination of the increasing body of evidence relevant to dental primary care.

SDPBRN works in partnership with the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) and the Translation Research in a Dental Setting (TRiaDS) collaboration to develop and test interventions to enhance the translation of guidance recommendations into practice. Projects conducted as part of the Scottish Oral Health Research Collaboration focus on a theme of inequalities and oral health. Current populations of concern are children, older people living in care homes and those with oral cancer.

SDPBRN is funded by NHS Education for Scotland and supported by the School of Dentistry,  University of Dundee; the University of Glasgow Dental School; and the Edinburgh Dental Institute, University of Edinburgh.

Please browse our site to learn more about SDPBRN, how we work and the projects undertaken.


  • SDPBRN Newsletter September 2016

    Read the latest SDPBRN Newsletter
  • Audit

    Under the new arrangements for clinical audit, participation in many dental research projects will be eligible for up to five hours audit credit in each three year clinical audit cycle. Dental research audit hours will be administered by SDPBRN via the NHS Education for Scotland Portal.
  • Combined Practice Inspection

    The Combined Practice Inspection (CPI) for dental practices in Scotland was first introduced in January 2013. SDPBRN assisted in the piloting of the CPI and in the process of reviewing and updating the current CPI.
  • Become a Rapid Evaluation Practitioner (REP)

    Use your expertise to inform important aspects of practice and policy by becoming an SDPBRN Rapid Evaluation Practitioner (REP). Find out more.
  • Developing an Oral Health Information System in Scotland

    SDPBRN has carried out a pilot study to investigate the feasibility of gathering epidemiological oral health information in dental practices and is currently working with the SGHD Adult Dental Health Survey Working Group to take forward wider implementation of this initiative in primary care practice.
  • INTERVAL Spring 2015

    Read the latest INTERVAL dental recall trial newsletter

Latest Scottish Dental News

The Dental Workforce in Scotland 2016

5th October 2016

The 2016 dental workforce report is the latest in a series of biennial dental workforce reports that aim to inform workforce planning for dental services in Scotland and has been supported by NHS NSS and the Health Workforce directorate of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care directorates. The report examines past trends in the… Read More

Oral Health Management of Patients Prescribed Anti-resorptive or Anti-angiogenic Drugs – Consultation closes shortly

26th September 2016

The consultation period on new guidance from SDCEP on  the Oral Health Management of Patients Prescribed Anti-resorptive or Anti-angiogenic closes on the 1st October 2016. This draft guidance is an update to the 2011 SDCEP publication Oral Health Management of Patients Prescribed Bisphosphonates and includes new advice on the wider range of drugs implicated in medication-related… Read More