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You will find evidence-based dentistry related recourses (on this page), PICO questions and critically appraisal of dental research (on the sub-page).
Evidence Based Dental Blogs
The number of published research articles in clinical dentistry grows larger each year. Analysis shows that even in specific subject areas publication is spread across many journal titles.
The Dental Elf is a daily blog maintained by the editor of Evidence Based Dentistry. It provides brief summaries highlighting evidence-based publications relevant to dental practice.
TOP: The Orthodontic Professors "is a curated site dedicated to providing evidence-based professional opinion from experts in the field...(the) mission is to promote the use of best evidence in clinical orthodontics and orthodontic education."
"an approach to oral health care that requires the judicious integration of systematic assessments of clinically relevant scientific evidence, relating to the patient's oral and medical condition and history, with the dentist's clinical expertise and the patient's treatment needs and preferences."
the dentist's expertise,
the best available scientific evidence,
and the patient's needs and preferences.
EBD 5 Step Process
The EBD process is a structured approach to identifying and using the best information relevant to a particular clinical problem. It follows these 5 steps:
Articulate a clear question based on the patient's clinical problem.
Conduct a comprehensive search for the latest relevant research
Critically assess the evidence
Use the best identified valid and relevant evidence in patient care
Assess how well the previous steps worked
Series of Articles from the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association
A series of free articles published in the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association (JCDA) titled "The Building Blocks of Evidence-Based Dentistry" by Susan E. Sutherland are a useful explanation of the EBD process.
• Sutherland SE. (2001) Evidence based dentistry: Part I Getting started. Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. 67(4): 204-06. PMID: 11370277
• Sutherland SE, Walker S. (2001) Evidence based dentistry: Part II Searching for answers to clinical questions: How to use MEDLINE. Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. 67(5): 277-80. PMID: 11398391
• Sutherland SE. Evidence based dentistry: Part III Searching for answers to clinical questions: Finding evidence on the Internet Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. 67(6): 320-3. PMID: 11450294
• Sutherland SE. (2001) Evidence based dentistry: Part IV Research design and levels of evidence.Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. 67(7) 375-78. PMID: 11468093
• Sutherland SE. Evidence based dentistry: Part V Critical appraisal of the dental literature: Papers about therapy. Journal of the Canadian Dental Association.67(8); 442-5. PMID:1583604
• Sutherland SE. (2001) Evidence based dentistry: Part VI Critical appraisal of the dental literature: Papers about diagnosis, etiology and prognosis. Journal of Canadian Dental Association. 67(10) 582-5. PMID: 11737981
Its Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry introduces concepts of EBD and links to recommended Web resources. Browse the topical index of its Evidence Database of systematic reviews, some of which have Critical Summaries.
Established in 1996, the Group has over 800 authors who collaborate on creating systematic reviews, which are included in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Rutgers licenses the CDSR from Wiley (links from PubMed). The ADA's EBD website above lists most Cochrane SRs by topic.
Evidence-based medical and dental resources from systematic searches of the internet, reports in the literature, self-reporting by site owners and other recommendations. Because the sites are evaluated by an in-house team of information experts and clinicians and external experts to assess quality and clinical usefulness its search has potential to be more focusd and relevant than a Google or Google Scholar search. Also has separate sections for medical images and patient information leaflets.
Its EBD guide gives an overview of evidence-based healthcare with some dental examples. It emphasizes how to search for articles using electronic databases PubMed, Embase, Dentistry and Oral Sciences Source and Cochrane Library.
ADA Center for Evidence Based Medicine
TheEvidence Database Topic Index in the American Dental Association's Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry provides access to a curated collection of current systematic reviews, critical summaries and practice guidelines.
The Evidence Database is updated quarterly so it is possible that you will find a more current review if you search a continuously updated database like PubMed.
You should also turn to a database like PubMed when you do not find a review on your topic in the ADA's DSR. Search first for a systematic review and then for individual research studies.
Centre for Evidence-Based DentistryA practical resource for scientific evidence. Includes systematic reviews and clinical recommentations. Updates, opportunities to participate in review panels and more.
Cochrane Database of Systematic ReviewsThe Cochrane Library is a collection of evidence-based medicine databases, providing clinicians reliable and current information on the effects of interventions in health care.
Cochrane Oral Health GroupThe Cochrane Oral Health Review Group comprises an international network of healthcare professionals, researchers and consumers preparing, maintaining, and disseminating systematic reviews of randomised controlled trials in oral health.
National Guideline ClearinghouseThe National Guideline Clearinghouse is a public comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.