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Evidence-Based Dentistry: The Basics
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This course focuses on specific and easy-to-understand steps for understanding the scientific evidence and how it can be used in practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Articulate differences between EBD and traditional approaches to making clinical decisions
  2. Explain how EBD incorporates research evidence, along with clinical expertise and patient preferences
  3. Identify role of research design
  4. Describe levels of evidence in science and practice
  5. Understand biases and limitations associated with published research
  6. Gain a basic understanding of statistics terminology



Evidence-based dentistry (EBD) is based on three important domains: the best available scientific evidence, a dentist's clinical skill and judgment, and each individual patient's needs and preferences. This course focuses on how EBD differs from a traditional approach to making clinical decisions, explains how EBD incorporates evidence with clinical expertise and patient preferences, and covers the basics of research design, levels of evidence, statistical concepts and the limitations of published research.


  1. Introduction
  2. Evidence Based Dentistry
  3. Traditional Decision-Making approach
  4. Clinical Examples (1-3)
  5. Evidence Based Dentistry as a 5-step process
  6. The Evidence Pyramid and how it can be used through EBD in dental practice
  7. Research designs
  8. Interventional Designs
  9. Observational Designs
  10. Narrative Review
  11. Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis 
  12. Critical Summaries and EB Treatment
  13. Recommendations
  14. Basic Statistics: P<.05, confidence intervals, null hypothesis, forest plots
  15. Why is published research so sensitive to bias?
  16. Summary of covered topics
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