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J Can Dent Assoc. 2001 Apr;67(4):204-6.

Evidence-based dentistry: Part I. Getting started.

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Department of Dentistry, Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, H126-2075 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON M4N 3M5.


This article is the first in a 6-part series on the methods of evidence-based dentistry. To practise in an evidence-based manner, practitioners must be able to formulate a clear question, find the best available evidence efficiently, evaluate the evidence systematically and, if it is relevant and credible, apply the results of the appraisal to their practice. In this paper, we will look at the process of building a clinical question using key elements. Examples of questions most commonly encountered in everyday dental practice are provided.

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