Lorna Burns

Lorna Burns

Lecturer in Evidence Based Healthcare (Information Specialist)

Peninsula Dental School (Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry)



Provision of library and information services across health, legal and public sectors. 

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

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

Daldry M & Burns L 2017 'Student-led promotion of evidence-based healthcare' INSPIRE (2) 10-11 Publisher Site PEARL
Bernardes Delgado M, Burns L, Quinn C, Moles D & Kay E 0 'Oral Care of Palliative Care Patients - Carers' and Relatives' Experiences. A Qualitative Study' British Dental Journal PEARL