New Cochrane Protocol April 2013


Just one new protocol in the April issue of the Cochrane Library from the Oral Health Group.  The aim of this review will be to assess the effects of interventions for the management of patients with taste disturbances.

The review is planning to look at pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.   The primary outcomes being looked at are improvements in: –

  • the taste acuity to at least one quality of taste by subjective/objective assessment scales will be considered as the most important outcome.
  • taste discrimination.

Adverse effects relating to drugs and changes in health –related quality of life will be considered as secondary outcomes.


Sumanth Kumbargere N, Naresh YS, Srinivas K, Renjith George P, Shrestha A, Levenson D, Ferraiolo DM. Interventions for the management of taste disturbances (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD010470. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010470.




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Derek Richards is a specialist in dental public health, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) Development Team. A former editor of the Evidence-Based Dentistry Journal and chief blogger for the Dental Elf website until December 2023. Derek has been involved with a wide range of evidence-based initiatives both nationally and internationally since 1994. Derek retired from the NHS in 2019 remaining as a part-time senior lecturer at Dundee Dental School until the end of 2023.

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