Mrs Lorna Burns

Mrs Lorna Burns

Lecturer in Evidence Based Healthcare - Information Specialist (Education)

Peninsula Dental School (Faculty of Health)



Lorna Burns, Information Specialist, has nearly 20 years of experience delivering specialist information services across the health, legal and public sectors. Within the health sector, she has worked within primary care, mental health and public health. Lorna now works in University of Plymouth Faculty of Health, where in addition to teaching on evidence based healthcare, she provides expertise to systematic review projects.  

  • MSc Human Communication and Computing (Bath University, 2008) 
  • MSc Information and Library Management (Bristol University, 2004)
  • BA Hons German Literature (Liverpool University, 1997)

Professional membership

Member of Chartered Institute of Information Professionals

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Teaching interests

Information skills teaching on the postgraduate dental programmes at the Peninsula Dental School. 

  • Advanced database searching
  • Critical appraisal
  • Reference management using EndNote
Supervision of MSc dissertations

Support also given to undergraduate Critically Appraised Topics

Research interests

Literature searching to support healthcare decision making, particularly in the fields of dentistry, mental health and public health. 
  • Information science support of the systematic review process. 
  • Information skills teaching and learning. 
  • Knowledge and skills development and CPD for information professionals. 
  • Ethnography.

Key publications are highlighted

Edwards D, Burns L, Witton R & Tredwin C 2020 'MTA or calcium hydroxide for direct pulp capping in fully developed permanent teeth: a systematic review' Endodontic Practice Today 14, (2) 91-102
Paisi M, Plessas A, Pampaka D, Burns L & Wilton R 2020 'Effect of treating carious teeth on children's and adolescents' anthropometric outcomes: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials' COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH 37, (1) 32-38 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Ong KJ, Checchi M, Burns L, Pavitt C, Postma MJ & Jit M 2019 'Systematic review and evidence synthesis of non-cervical human papillomavirus-related disease health system costs and quality of life estimates' Sexually Transmitted Infections 95, (1) 28-35 , DOI PEARL
Paisi M, Kay E, Plessas A, Burns L, Quinn C, Brennan N & White S 2019 'Barriers and enablers to accessing dental services for people experiencing homelessness: A systematic review' Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology Author Site , DOI PEARL
Grose J, Burns L, Mukonoweshuro R, Richardson J, Mills I, Nasser M & Moles D 2018 'Developing sustainability in a dental practice through an action research approach' British Dental Journal 225, (5) 409-412 , DOI PEARL
Bernardes Delgado M, Burns L, Quinn C, Moles D & Kay E 2018 'Oral Care of Palliative Care Patients - Carers' and Relatives' Experiences. A Qualitative Study' British Dental Journal , DOI PEARL
Daldry M & Burns L 2017 'Student-led promotion of evidence-based healthcare' INSPIRE (2) 10-11 Publisher Site PEARL
Moles D; Tredwin C; McColl E; Robert W; Burns L 2018 Standards in Dentistry. London, England Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK)
Bryce ME, Archer J, Brennan N, Burns L, O'Brien T & Price T 2018 Fitness to practise: Impairment and serious misconduct - a narrative synthesis review. General Dental Council Publisher Site