Evidence Based Dentistry


About this Course

This course aims to provide students with the necessary scientific foundation of knowledge and skills required to practice effective “Evidence-based Dentistry.”  Specifically, students will gain knowledge and skills to form critical questions, locate information, judge the quality of available information, and apply the evidence to clinical decision making and ongoing evaluation in both patient care at the individual level, and oral health promotion and community advocacy at the population level. Students will learn to access relevant scientific literature and conduct searches, and tools and methodology to critique the scientific literature. In the seminar/activity component of the course, students meet in small groups led by faculty members who serve as facilitators to complete “case-based” learning activities to formulate good clinically relevant PICO questions and assess the scientific literature to find the best evidence-based answers to those questions. 

Competencies Addressed:

  1. Critique, synthesize and apply information from scientific and lay sources to improve the public's oral health;

  2. Assess risk for oral diseases and select appropriate, evidence-based preventive interventions and strategies to promote health and control oral diseases at the individual and population level

  3. Develop a capacity for lifelong learning and professional growth in order to provide leadership that utilizes or incorporates principles of dental public health

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Assess information affecting oral and general health including clinical, basic and behavioral science topics using available library, online and other resources.

  2. Explain the hierarchy of evidence

  3. Read, critically evaluate and discuss the dental literature.

  4. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of different study designs

  5. Identify the appropriate use of common statistics

  6. Recognize the role of life-long learning, self-assessment and continuous improvement in maintaining competency and use outcomes of patient care to guide professional development.





COURSE CONTRIBUTORS: Dr. Woosung Sohn, Robin Knowles, Dr. Ana Karina Mascarenhas, Dr. Darien Weatherspoon, Dr. Robert Weyant, Mark MacEachern, Dr. Julie Frantsve-Hawley


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