Precise presentation of the results of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) is critical to the dissemination of accurate scientific information and its implementation in clinical practice. Unfortunately, authors of scientific articles may consciously or subconsciously shade the impression of their results for readers by adding “spin” to their scientific reports. Spin can be defined as specific reporting that could distort the interpretation of results and mislead readers. Spin has been estimated to be present in 18% of titles, 37% of results sections in abstracts, 58% of conclusions sections in abstracts, 29% of results sections in RCTs, 43% of discussion sections in RCTs, and 50% of conclusions sections of RCTs published in high-impact journals. This presentation will therefore explore the impact of spin on issues concerning soft tissue grafting.
Edward P. Allen, DDS, PhD, is a past president of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, and the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation. He is the periodontal section editor for the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry and serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, the Journal of Periodontology, and the European Journal of Esthetic Dentistry. He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Baylor College of Dentistry Periodontics Residency Program and the Master Clinician Award from the American Academy of Periodontology. Dr Allen is founder of the Center for Advanced Dental Education, an educational facility in Dallas, where he teaches surgical technique courses. He has published over 50 articles on the subject of esthetic surgical procedures and has presented numerous lectures and surgical demonstrations worldwide.
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