IADR/DHF Award 2006

The International Association for Dental Research held its Pan European Federation Scientific meeting in Dublin from 13-16th September 2006. The Dental Health Foundation sponsored the Primary Care Awards made at the meeting.

2006 Winner

The Winner of this years prize was Carmel Parnell from University College Cork, who's paper was entitled 'School Dental Service Delivery in the Republic of Ireland'.

The paper set out to measure current practice with regard to the organisation and delivery of the Primary School Dental Service (SDS) in the Republic of Ireland. The study highlighted widespread variation in the delivery of the SDS service throughout the country, leading to inequity in service provision and concludes that the development and adoption of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines could facilitate more consistent and efficient practice.

Full paper: "School Dental Service Delivery in the Republic of Ireland"
C. PARNELL1, P. JAMES1, H. WHELTON1, P. BEIRNE1, M. O'FARRELL2, and M. ORMSBY3, 1University College Cork, Ireland, 2HSE North Eastern Area, Navan, Co.Meath, Ireland, 3HSE Northern Area, Dublin 5, Ireland)

2006 Runner-Up

The Runner-Up was Dr. Mairead Harding of University College Cork who's paper was entitled 'A Pocket PC and web-based Software for Data Entry'. This trial system was used in the piloting of a questionnaire as part of a toothwear study involving 15 to 17-year-old subjects. The direct method of data entry provides immediate access to the data, eliminates errors associated with transcribing and provides a system with greater subject-perceived anonymity.

Full paper: "A Pocket PC and Web-based Software for Data Entry"
M.A. HARDING1, A.L. DAVIES2, H. WHELTON3, and D.M. O'MULLANE3, 1National University of Ireland - Cork, HSE-Southern Area, Ireland, 2Cork, Ireland, 3National University of Ireland - Cork, Ireland)