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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 465  

Can ISP be the collaborator…. For multi-centre trials? Is anyone listening……?


Editor, Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor, Department of Periodontology, Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies, Kadrabad, Modinagar, Ghaziabad - 201 201, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication1-Nov-2018

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Ashish Kumar
Editor, Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor, Department of Periodontology, Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies, Kadrabad, Modinagar, Ghaziabad - 201 201, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_464_18

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We have post graduation of Periodontology running in various colleges across India, with an average of 3 students in each department. There are main dissertations which students work on for almost 2 years. There are other projects and research studies going on in many departments.

Despite all this, we exactly do not know the burden of periodontal disease present in our population, although rough estimates of various localized epidemiological studies put it around 60-70 percent.

Is it not important that we conduct a serious nationwide survey with same criteria applicable in all parts of country? Can we collect this data by having uniform guidelines applicable to the study? Can we utilize the services of various Departments of Periodontology in different parts of country and collect the relevant information at the same time throughout the county. Can ISP collaborate with Departments of Periodontology in various dental colleges in different parts of country, look into the standardization of conducting this survey, collect the data from various participants of the study, analyse it and come out with results? Can ISP make a serious attempt to present and apprise the dental and medical fraternity, people and government of India about the alarming situation arising out of periodontal diseases?

Is it not possible for departments to collaborate on certain clinical trials e.g. may be on etiology, certain diagnostic tests, chair side kits, treatment modalities or any other common area of interest and have multi-center clinical trials.

We just need to have standardization and uniformity in every aspect during the conduction of the trials and correct data collection. This will increase the validity of results, as we will have larger number of population from different areas of country participating in it. The results obtained at different centres can be collected, compared and conclusions drawn. If the results are similar, it will increase the applicabilty of results over larger population but if results are different, then we will have to look at the factors responsible for the difference.

In any case, it will help the population at large by developing stategies which can be applied at mass level to control and treat periodontal diseases. Can the apex body of Periodontology in India “Indian Society of Periodontology” fondly called as “ISP” take a call on this? ISP can help in identifying burning research topics for multi-center trials, centres interested in participating, providing guidelines, standardizing the research protocol for multi-center trials, may be if possible provide some seed money for the research and helping in getting some funding for this serious scientific work which is collaborative in nature?

Can we look forward to see ISP as collaborator of research that can be useful for defining the national policies?






 

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