Dr. Noorein Hajira, resident in the Graduate Prosthodontics Program at the University of Toronto, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the concept of Research Waste.
- Research waste is a serious problem that may occur through several mechanisms. One aspect of research waste manifests when research articles addressing a topic exist but cannot be found readily by those who seek this information.
- Literature search may be hampered by inconsistent manner in which articles are indexed in databases. Search strategies must consider this inconsistency.
- Superficial literature search may not yield the desired information or the full scope of relevant articles. A good strategy is always to assume that the initial search has NOT yielded all the relevant or the most relevant articles.
- In depth literature search requires a broad approach focusing on multiple databases and multiple possible key words and index terms.
- Layton DM, Clarke M. Research waste: How are dental survival articles indexed and reported? Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2016;31(1):125-32.
- Layton DM, Clarke M. Will your article be found? Authors choose a confusing variety of words to describe dental survival analyses. Clin Oral Implants Res 2015;26(1):115-22.
Suggested Electronic Databases for Dental Literature search
- MEDLINE / PubMed
- Google scholar
- Web of Science
- Cochrane Library:
- The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
- The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials