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Dr Dominic Hurst, BSc., BDS, MSc


Clinical Lecturer in Primary Dental Care

Telephone: 020 7882 2500
Room Number: Dental Institute, Whitechapel


My background is in primary dental care having worked in private dental practice, community practice and, as a teacher, in a primary care outreach clinic on the Isle of Dogs, London.

As a Clinical Lecturer in Primary Dental Care, in addition to my clinical work, I undertake research around quality improvement in primary dental practice and deliver Evidence-Based Dentistry teaching throughout the Dental Undergraduate programme.


I lead on Evidence-Based Dentistry teaching in our undergraduate dental curriculum, which runs from year one through to year five and uses a “Flipped Teaching” approach throughout.

I run the Research Project, Oral Epidemiology and Principles of Healthcare Planning modules on the MSc Dental Public Health and am Academic Selector for the MSc.

I teach at our outreach clinic at the Barkantine Primary Care Centre on the Isle of Dogs and supervise undergraduate Special Study Component projects around Evidenced-Based Dentistry.

I chair the Library Users Forum and sit on the Education Quality Board in this capacity.

Beyond QMUL I co-deliver a programme of quality improvement in Foundation Dental practices with colleagues at Health Education England and have co-founded the EBD Teachers Group.

I am a champion for the recognition and de-stigmatisation of issues associated with Mental Health and Dyslexia.


Research Interests:

My research at QMUL is looking at ways of to improve quality around tobacco cessation advice and referrals in primary care, particularly dentistry.

I am also engaged in a DPhil in Evidence-Based Healthcare at the University of Oxford. My research there is looking at how dentists integrate various sources of evidence into their practical decision-making. The project website is

I write regularly for the Evidence-Based Dentistry journal and blog about EBD and primary dental care matters at

You can also follow me on twitter @Dominic_Hurst


Key Publications

Hurst D, Chong B. Evidence-based dentistry: an introduction. ENDO. 2012;6(4):283-8.

Hurst D. Audit and feedback had small but potentially important improvements in professional practice. Evid Based Dent. 2013 Mar;14(1):8-9.

Hurst D. Poor quality evidence suggests that failure rates for atraumatic restorative treatment and conventional amalgam are similar. Evid Based Dent. 2012;13(2):46-7

Innes N, Hurst D. GDC learning outcomes for the undergraduate dental curriculum. Evid Based Dent. 2012 Mar;13(1):2-3.

Hurst D. Using new evidence is an innovation. So what? Evid Based Dent. 2011;12(3):66.

Hurst D. What is the best way to restore the worn dentition? Evid Based Dent. 2011;12(2):55-6.

Hurst D. Quality of reporting randomised controlled trials in major dental journals suboptimal. Evid Based Dent. 2011;12(2):52-3.

Hurst D. Indirect or direct restorations for heavily restored posterior adult teeth? Evid Based Dent. 2010;11(4):116-7.

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