The TRiaDS programme is funded by NHS Education Scotland to develop a multi-disciplinary research approach to translating dental guidance into practice.

 For dentistry in Scotland, the production of clinical guidance is the responsibility of the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP). TriaDS is a multidisciplinary research collaboration, embedded within the SDCEP guidance development process, which aims to establish a practical evaluative framework for the translation of guidance and to conduct and evaluate a programme of integrated, multi-disciplinary research to enhance the science of knowledge translation.

The programme is now fully embedded into the SDCEP and forms the basis for all dental guideline development in Scotland.  This is the first time any research grouping has embedded multi-disciplinary translational research into a guidance development programme.

Several translational research studies have been undertaken such as a cluster randomised trial investigating interventions to improve decontamination practice; a 1000 dentist randomised trial comparing a persuasive letter to increase the use of audit; and a national cluster randomised trial of different audit and feedback strategies to improve antibiotic prescribing practice.

The programme also held its first International Conference on Improving Quality in Health Care: translating evidence into practice, in Edinburgh on 7 Nov 2012.

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Craig Ramsay;




Clarkson JE, Ramsay CR, et al. The translation research in a dental setting (TRiaDS) programme protocol. Implementation Science 2010;5: 57.