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Got the best available evidence in mind?

Check ADA's EBD site, come to October conference

May 16, 2016

By Michelle Manchir


Dr. Madurantakam
Dr. Parthasarathy Madurantakam's students at Virginia Commonwealth University know exactly what the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry's website offers.

That's because students in his classes, who are learning to appraise different kinds of scientific studies and apply EBD to developing treatment plans, are using the website frequently during the school year.

The EBD curriculum at the university is organized into a three-semester series. "During the second semester, the students make group presentations on critical appraisal of published articles, including primary research and systematic reviews," said Dr. Madurantakam, an assistant professor at the university's dental school. "It is at this time that I introduce the students to ADA resources and they draw heavily from the EBD website to support their presentations.

The third semester is focused on finding relevant evidence for a given clinical scenario, where they again refer extensively to ADA website."

Staff at the ADA Science Institute regularly update the website with critical summaries, clinical recommendations and systematic reviews.


Members can search more than 2,100 systematic reviews from The Journal of the American Dental Association and dozens of other leading dental journals. Many of the reviews also feature a critical summary written by an author who has been trained by the ADA in critical appraisal, and there is a resource page containing links to other online databases, research centers and EBD organizations throughout the world.

"The EBD website at the ADA is the go-to resource that I use by default," said Dr. Madurantakam, who in January attended the ADA/New York University College of Dentistry's Advanced Evidence-Based Dentistry Workshop.

The ADA offers this type of workshop annually to help participants learn how to define precise clinical questions; seek the best available evidence and assess its credibility; and implement that evidence into clinical practice and teaching.

Dr. Madurantakam said the workshop provided him "the great feeling of being a student again.

"I could ask questions for a change and I learned a lot about EBD," he said. "Attending the workshop was a great boost to my confidence in teaching as well."

Dental professionals interested in EBD can find out more in October before ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting, which is Oct. 20-24. The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry will host its annual EBD Champions Conference Oct. 19-20. It is supported by Colgate.

Register online at ADA.org/meeting for the conference by using the code "EBDDEN."

For Dr. Madurantakam, training in evidence-based dentistry is a "foundation to successful translation of EBD into clinical practice. Students should be able to make clinical practice decisions based on the best, nonbiased scientific evidence, and not merely on word of mouth from colleagues or company representatives."

For more information on the ADA Center for EBD, visit ebd.ADA.org, or contact Erica Colangelo at colangeloe@ada.org.