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Dig deep into evidence-based dentistry at ADA workshop

July 09, 2018

By Michelle Manchir

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Evidently enthralled: Dr. Ashley Clark listens to a speaker during a May workshop hosted by the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry.
Dr. Ashley Clark knows how important using the best available evidence is when teaching her students or treating her patients at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth.)

So, naturally, there are times when she needs to look into the literature for answers, she said.

An assistant professor of oral pathology, Dr. Clark said a May workshop hosted by the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry provided her with skills to search the literature more efficiently and discern the quality of evidence.

Dental professionals looking for similar insight can register for How to Conduct and Publish Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses: A Hands-On Workshop set for Nov. 8-10 at ADA Headquarters in Chicago.

Participants will learn to conduct, write and publish systematic reviews and meta-analyses from experts in the field of dental research, including Dr. Michael Glick, editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

One of the workshop objectives is to review the Cochrane-preferred GRADE (Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation) approach to assess quality of evidence, which is one of the topics that Dr. Clark said stuck with her following the May workshop.

“I know I am a better clinician and better teacher after attending the workshop, which is not something I say lightly,” Dr. Clark said. “It far exceeded my expectations.”

The course, spread over the three days, will offer 18 hours of continuing education credits. Clinicians and researchers will gain skills they need to better understand primary studies and the principles of the systematic review methodology.

Presenters at the workshop include Dr. Alonso Carrasco-Labra, director of the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry; Kelly O’Brien, an informationist at the ADA Library and Archives; and Dr. Romina Brignardello-Petersen, a dentist with a Ph.D.,  who is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University in Canada as well as a lecturer in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Chile.

Tuition is $750 for ADA members and $900 for nonmembers and it includes course materials and lunch.

For more information about the workshop or to register, visit