CE Hours: 1.5

Seq# 11 - Evidence-based Periodontal Treatment: Interpreting Results of RCTs and Systematic Reviews, A PRG/IADR and Cochrane Oral Health Group Joint Symposium

This session will be recorded and available through IADR CE On Demand after the meeting for Continuing Education Credit.  

This is an IADR/Periodontal Research Group and Cochrane Oral Health Group joint symposium. The field of clinical periodontology has evolved rapidly in the past decade. Recent advances in clinical research methodology have allowed the conduct of well-designed randomized clinical trials evaluating the effects of several periodontal therapies. Nonetheless, clinical research in periodontology still faces many challenges, including the lack of standardized outcome variables for comparing different protocols and of objective endpoints for treatments. This lack of standardization hampers an accurate assessment of results from different studies and the preparation of systematic reviews. Consequently, it is still difficult to determine the best periodontal treatment in daily practice, despite the existence of a plethora of Randomized Clinical Trials (RCTs) and Systematic Reviews (SRs) comparing different periodontal therapies. This symposium will consider the value of Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials (COMET) and other methods for developing core outcome sets to be used in RCTs and SRs in the field.

Learning Objectives:

  • To identify the clinical outcomes most commonly used in RCTs and systematic reviews on the effects of different periodontal therapies.
  • To discuss/present new outcomes/endpoints for treatment, and to understand the elements of the Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials (COMET)
  • To facilitate the interpretation of the available literature in this field and use this information to help a proper decision-making in daily clinical practice.