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Course looks at ways to integrate evidence-based dentistry into practice

Boston—The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Forsyth Institute Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry co-hosted a five-day interactive evidence-based dentistry course Oct. 19-23 at the Forsyth Institute.

The course linked the two centers' EBD initiatives and was prompted by requests from ADA members seeking a formal EBD course.

The course work focused on human clinical trials addressing quantitative and qualitative outcomes, risk calculation, diagnosis and systematic reviews. About 40 dentists, dental team members, educators and researchers took part in the course, which taught them how to formulate clinical questions; search for evidence; further enhance critical reading and appraisal; implementation; and how to navigate the ADA's EBD Web site to find critical summaries of systematic reviews.

"The course enhanced my understanding of EBD," said Dr. Michael Glick, dean at University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association. "It opened my eyes to the creation of EBD in ways I hadn't thought of before and how to create evidence for the practice of dentistry."

Course instructors included Dr. Richard Niederman, director, Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry at the Forsyth Institute, and Dr. Derek Richards, director, Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry at Oxford University.

"These types of courses help dentists understand the rationale for the things they do and why they do them," Dr. Glick said. "I think it's of interest to anyone who wants to understand what we do in dentistry."

Said Dr. Jennifer Cleveland, dental officer/epidemiologist, Division of Oral Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "This course will forever change how I conduct and review research, particularly in regards to translating research to practice. The EBD course should be a requirement for every dental student in the U.S."

For more information, visit the ADA EBD Web site at http://ebd.ada.org or contact Julie Frantsve-Hawley, director of the ADA Center for EBD, by e-mail at frantsvej@ada.org or by calling the ADA's toll-free number, Ext. 2519.

The Center for EBD announced it would likely hold another course in 2010.