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DENH: Dental Hygiene

Resources for Dental Hygiene Research

Evidence-Based Decision Making

What is evidence-based practice?  Here is a definition from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).

Evidence-based practice can be thought of as doing research to find a new way to do something. The information must be used with clinical experience or knowledge and the patient's needs.

Types of research used in evidence-based practice:

Case study

Studies

Trials

Systematic Reviews

RCT: randomized controlled trial

Meta-analysis

 

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Summary of where to find specific types of Evidence-Based Sources

Studies/Trials

Systematic Reviews

Meta-Analysis

Clinical Guidelines

Dentistry and Oral Sciences Source

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

PubMed

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

PubMed Central

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cochrane Library

No

Yes

No

No

ADA Evidence-Based Dentistry

No

Yes

No

Yes

EBP Pyramid (Quality of evidence)

Resources for finding Evidence-Based Practice