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The Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network (SDPBRN) supports a range of on-going projects. Click on the links below to find out more details.


Topic area             Current Research Projects
Dental Recall INTERVAL (Investigation of NICE Technologies for Enabling Risk-Variable-Adjusted-Length Dental Recalls Trial) A study is to evaluate the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of three dental recall strategies by assessing their impact on maintaining adult oral health.
Periodontal Health IQuaD (Improving the Quality of Dentistry) A study is to compare the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of theoretically based, personalised oral hygiene advice or periodontal instrumentation at different time intervals or their combination, for improving periodontal health in dentate adults attending general dental practice.
Caries in Children FiCTION (Filling Children’s Teeth: Indicated or Not?) What is the clinical and cost effectiveness of filling caries in primary teeth, compared to no treatment? This randomised controlled trial compares conventional restorations with an intermediate treatment strategy based on the biological (sealing-in) management of caries and with no restorations.
C-19 Impact on Dental Health Professionals CAREER  (COVID-19: Dental health professionals: a longitudinal study of uncertainties, Anxieties and pREparednEss for pRactice) A longitudinal research study seeking to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the anxiety, feelings of uncertainty and preparedness for practice of early career dental health professionals and dental health professionals working in a primary care setting in Scotland.
DRAMeRS Diabetes Risk Assessment and Medical Referral or Signposting: DRAMeRS (Diabetes Risk Assessment and Medical Referral or Signposting) The DRAMeRS project is a two-armed randomised controlled trial to compare the effectiveness of direct referral versus signposting at facilitating contact between patients assessed as being at high or moderate risk of type 2 diabetes with a healthcare professional.