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 March 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

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19th August 2016

Keeping track of the latest announcements and developments in Scottish Dentistry is a time consuming business, which is why we set up the Scottish Dental Website. While the website has thousands of regular visitors we appreciate that people may not want to visit the site every day or every week to see what’s new so… Read More

Oral Health & Dental Services for Children- Needs Assessment Consultation

5th August 2016

The Scottish Dental Needs Assessment Programme  has just completed its draft report on Oral Health and Dental Services for Children.  The draft is now open to consultation which will run until the 16th September . Downloads Consultation document Feedback form Please return your feedback by 16th September to:- Praveena.Symeonoglou@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk     Read More