The Cochrane Collaboration, an international, non-profit organization dedicated to helping clinicians, researchers, purchasers, and patients make healthcare decisions based on up-to-date, reliable, and accurate information, is partnering with the New York University College of Dentistry to train NYU dental and nursing faculty to conduct systematic reviews of the scientific literature related to oral health. This partnership makes NYU the first North American training site for The Cochrane Oral Health Group Global Alliance, which conducts symposia using Cochrane systematic review training techniques.
The Cochrane Oral Health Group Global Alliance, based in Manchester, England, is one of 52 groups around the world belonging to The Cochrane Collaboration, and is organized by the University of Manchester and the University of Dundee in Scotland.
Cochrane Reviews are internationally recognized as the highest standard in evidence-based health care, which the American Dental Association (ADA) defines as “an approach to health care that requires the judicious integration of systematic assessments of clinically relevant scientific evidence, relating to the patient’s oral and medical condition and history, in concert with the dentist’s clinical expertise and the patient’s treatment needs and preferences.”
The impetus for the partnership came from Dr. Analia Veitz-Keenan, clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine at the NYU College of Dentistry, and a member of the evidence-based dentistry group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). Dr. Veitz-Keenan is director of NYU’s Cochrane Collaboration project.
According to Dr. Joan A. Phelan, professor and chair of NYU’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, “NYU’s partnership with The Cochrane Collaboration provides a framework for developing literature reviews that are internationally recognized as the gold standard in translating evidence into clinical practice and incorporating evidence into dental education.”
About New York University College of Dentistry
Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating more than 8 percent of all dentists. NYUCD has a significant global reach and provides a level of national and international diversity among its students that is unmatched by any other dental school.