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Dental & Oral Health Professions: Evidence- Based Practice

EBP 5 Steps

Step One: Ask a Clinical Question
Using the PICO format can be instructive!

Patient Population
Comparison Intervention

Types of Questions: Etiology, Diagnostic, Prevention, Prognosis/Prediction, Therapy, Qualitative

Step Two: Acquire the most relevant, most current, best evidence. See Evidence Hierarchy image below.

Step Three: Appraise the evidence.

Step Four: Apply all evidence with clincial experience, patient preferences and values in making a practice decision or change.

Step Five: Access the practice decision or change.

Hierachy of Evidence

What is Evidence- Based Practice?

EBP is a method of effectively translating EBM into practice: using the best existing evidence and research, knowledge of clinical experts, and patient preferences, in clinical practice.

Oral Health Professionals  conduct Evidence-Based research to support Evidence-Based Practice. Practitioners use EMP because they want the best outcomes for their patients.  

The Focus = finding evidence of the best methods, interventions and practices 
The Evidence = found in the most current professional research literature
The Goal = best outcomes for the patient

EBDM article

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