Does what matter to you matter to me? Are we measuring the right things?

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


School of Dentistry Webinar Series
Joint Dundee Dental and School of Health Sciences Research Seminar

Both health research as well as health services depend on high-quality and practice-relevant evidence. One key challenge for evidencing the efficacy and effectiveness of interventions or services for particular conditions is the choice of outcomes which are used as a basis for such claims.

'Outcomes' identify domains that should be measured (e.g., depression or anxiety) and usually a range of such outcomes are relevant for each condition. ‘Core outcomes sets’ (COSs) define the minimum that should be measured and reported in any research addressing a condition.

The development of a core outcome set follows well-established consensus procedures, developed and researched by initiatives such as 'Outcome Measures in Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical Trials' (OMERACT) and 'Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials' (COMET). The presentation will illustrate these processes with ongoing and recently finished projects led by staff from the Schools of Dentistry and Health Sciences.

CPD Aims and Objectives

Aim – Introduce participants to the concept, purpose and development of core outcome sets in healthcare research.


• Be able to describe the purpose of a Core Outcome Set.

• Be able to describe the process of developing a Core Outcome Set.

• Be aware of recent COS development projects undertaken at the University of Dundee.

• Be able to locate ongoing and published Core Outcome Sets.

Outcome areas that will be covered in the presentation:

Boehnke et al. (2021). Development of a core outcome set for multimorbidity trials in low- and middle-income countries (COSMOS): Study Protocol. medRxiv, 2021.03.23.21253685; doi:

Lamont et al. (2021) Developing a core outcome set for periodontal trials. PLOS ONE 16(7): e0254123.

Levey et al. (2017). Outcomes in randomised controlled trials in prevention and management of carious lesions: a systematic review. Trials, 18: 515.

Taylor et al. (2017). A core outcome set for evaluating self-management interventions in people with comorbid diabetes and severe mental illness: Study protocol for a modified Delphi study and systematic review. Trials, 18: 70.

Development outcomes

This CPD course meets the criteria for the GDC (General Dental Council)’s development outcomes C.
Period23 Sep 2021
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