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The Cochrane Collaboration Selects NYUCD for First North American Training Initiative

From left, Sue Fuentes, Helen Worthington, and Anne Littlewood of The Cochrane Collaboration; Dr. Analia Veitz-Keenan of NYUCD; and Anne Marie Glenny of The Cochrane Collaboration. Also present from The Cochrane Collaboration was Jan Clarkson, not shown.

The Cochrane Collaboration, an international, nonprofit 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 NYU College of Dentistry (NYUCD) to train NYU dental and nursing faculty to conduct systematic reviews of the scientific literature related to oral health. This partnership makes NYUCD 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 Cochrane Collaboration at NYU kicked off in December, with an inaugural seminar and two-day advanced systematic review workshop.

The impetus for the partnership came from Dr. Analia Veitz-Keenan, clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, and a member of the evidence-based dentistry group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). Dr. Veitz-Keenan is director of NYUCD's Cochrane Collaboration project.

According to Dr. Joan A. Phelan, professor and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, "NYUCD'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."