STOP PRESS: Research Methods in Special Care Dentistry –

research Picture1Pre Conference Workshop Thursday 14 April 9am-1pm

For just $50, new and beginning researchers will be able to learn from experienced thought-leaders in the special care dentistry field! VISIT SCDA ONLINE TO REGISTER

In this interactive, four-hour workshop delegates will be introduced to research methods of particular relevance to special care dentistry. Content will include guidance on how to develop the research question, the choice of study design and key considerations in writing a research protocol.  Leaders in the field will provide examples of quantitative research (clinical research and questionnaire studies) and qualitative research (interviews and focus groups). The workshop will conclude with an overview of how to write your research up for publication.

By the end of this workshop delegates will have an overview of all the skills required to design and undertake a research study and to get it published.

Delegates will be able to apply this learning to enhance their critical appraisal skills and to contribute to evidence based practice.


Speakers :

Dr Blánaid Daly

Blánaid Daly is a specialist in Special Care Dentistry and in Dental Public Health. She is a senior clinical lecturer and the discipline lead for Special Care Dentistry at King’s College London Dental Institute. Special Care Dentistry at KCLDI is provided by two National Health Service organisations who deliver secondary and tertiary care services for people with special needs and marginalised groups in both hospital and community settings. Blánaid is a member of the Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) on training in Special Care Dentistry in the UK and is Chair of the Teachers Group, British Society for Disability & Oral Health.  She is based in the Research Division of Population and Patient Health at KCLDI, and works with an interdisciplinary research team of social and behavioural scientists, dental public health specialists,  paediatric dentists and NHS colleagues specializing in special needs dentistry. She chairs the Biomedical, Dentistry, Medicine & Mathematics (BDM) Research Ethics Committee at KCL and reviews over 80 research applications annually. Blánaid has extensive experience in supporting Masters and PhD students through to completion of their research dissertations.  She is Assoicate Editor for the Journal of Disability & Oral Health and BMC Oral Health. Her area of clinical expertise is delivery of care to marginalized and excluded groups: homeless people, people with severe mental illness, people with substance use problems. Blanaid’s research interests relate to models of care to special needs groups and the interface between physical , mental and oral health

Dr Denise Faulks

Denise Faulks works at the Special Care Dentistry Unit of the University Hospital of Clermont Ferrand, France led by Professor Martine Hennequin. The unit provides comprehensive care for adults and children with special needs. Denise is a member of the ‘Clinical Research in Oral Health’ group of the University of the Auvergne and is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at King’s College, London. Her specific research interests are:

  • Developing ICF Core Sets in Oral Health in relation to the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).
  • Development of epidemiological instruments to evaluate oral impairment in individuals with special needs.
  • Development of reliable indicators of oral health and function in epidemiology.
  • ART in special care dentistry.
  • Conscious sedation in special care dentistry: the use of nitrous oxide, IV, per os and IR midazolam.
  • Implications of facial dysmorphology on orofacial function in Down syndrome.
  • Evaluation of masticatory efficiency for persons with special needs.
  • Education in Special Care Dentistry, in particular evaluation of attitudes.


Professor Pedro Diz Dios

Pedro Diz Dios is qualified in Medicine and is a Specialist in Stomatology at Santiago de Compostela University, Spain. He trained in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Klinik für Zahn-, Mund- und Kieferheilkunde, Freiburg University Hospital (Germany), gaining his Doctor of Philosophy PhD (Freiburg University). He is Professor, Consultant and Head of the Special Needs Unit, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Santiago de Compostela University. He was Director of the Stomatology Department (Santiago de Compostela University) and a Council member of the Spanish Society of Dentistry for Handicapped and Special Needs Patients. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the UCL-Eastman Dental Institute, London (UK). He is an Associate Editor of “Oral Diseases Journal”, “Medicina Oral Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal Journal”, the “Journal of Oral and Experimental Dentistry”, and the “Journal of Disability and Oral Health”. He is Director of the Johnson and Johnson Chair for Healthcare Promotion, Santiago de Compostela University (Spain). He has written more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and co-authored several books on Special Needs Dentistry and Oral Medicine

Professor Ronald Ettinger

Dr. Ettinger is a fellow of the American and International College of Dentists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. He is currently Emeritus Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics and the Dows Institute for Dental Research.  He was the Director of Geriatric Dental Programs at the University of Iowa.  In 1979 he was awarded a 3-year curriculum development grant in geriatric dentistry by the Health Services Administration.  In 1981 he was awarded a 5 year National Institute on Aging, Geriatric Academic Award. He was Associate Director of the University’s Clinical Core Center for Oral Health Research and Director of the Clinical Core which was funded for 5 years in 1992 by the National Institute for Dental Research and was refunded until the year 2001.  He is a past-president of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry and was a geriatric consultant to the 800 bed Veterans Administration Psychogeriatric Hospital at Knoxville, Iowa.  Dr. Ettinger has published over 250 papers and over 20 chapters in textbooks.  He has lectured extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.   From 1995 to 2012 he was the Editor in chief of the Journal of Special Care in Dentistry.  In 2001 he was awarded by IADR the Distinguished Scientist Award in Geriatric Dentistry.  He was named by IADR as the Distinguished Scientist in Prosthetic and Implant dentistry in 2010 In 2016 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Sydney University in Australia

Dr Sasha Scambler

Sasha Scambler is a medical sociologist and senior lecturer in sociology at King’s College London Dental Institute

After completing a BSc in Sociology at the University of Bristol in 1995, Sasha Scambler moved to University College London where she studied part-time for an MSc in Sociology, Health and Healthcare (1998).  She then spent four years completing a PhD in medical sociology under the supervision of Professor Paul Higgs. She started her research career as a research officer in the charity sector in 1997, exploring the social care needs of young adults with juvenile onset Batten disease and their families.  This was followed by a research fellowship at St George’s University of London and a lectureship in Medical Sociology at Roehampton University in 2002 . Sasha joined King’s College London in 2004 . She is co-editor of the journal, Social Science and Dentistry, launched in 2010 and a contributing editor on the BSA supported Cost of Living blogsite. She is a member of the BSA Medical Sociology Group Committee and also part of the steering group for the new BSA Disability Studies Group.  Sasha uses sociological theory, methods and research to better understand the social context of health and oral health at both an individual and societal level. Within this aim she works in three distinct research areas.

  • Developing an evidence base for the patient experience in special care dentistry, focusing on the experiences of people living with long-term and/or disabling conditions and drawing on disability theory.
  • Exploring different ways of explaining and empirically mapping inequalities in health and the social determinants of health
  • Developing an evidence base of patient centred care.

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