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J Evid Based Dent Pract. 2006 Mar;6(1):125-8.

The challenges of transferring evidence-based dentistry into practice.

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Department of Periodontology, University of Pacific, Cupertino, CA, USA.


The goal of evidence-based dentistry is to help practitioners provide their patients with optimal care. This is achieved by integrating sound research evidence with personal clinical expertise and patient values to determine the best course of treatment. Although clinicians embrace this concept, its implementation in clinical practice has been slow. In this article, barriers against the implementation of evidence-based care are examined and possible solutions are offered. The dental profession is committed to providing the best possible dental care for patients. This is proving to be more complex due to a virtual "information explosion" on new therapies, techniques, and materials; increased consumer understanding of treatment possibilities and therapeutic outcomes; and changing sociodemographic patterns. Although the profession advocates the importance of evidence-based dental disease prevention and treatment, practitioners have been slow to implement this concept. In 2003, the California Dental Association (CDA) formulated an evidence-based dentistry (EBD) action plan that included the formation of a task force to monitor EBD efforts and implement programs to educate CDA members on this methodology. The challenges of transferring EBD into clinical practice were key issues addressed by the task force, and much of their deliberations and perspectives are reflected in this article. Possible solutions for eliminating barriers against evidence-based care will also be explored.

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