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Evidence-Based Dentistry: About EBD


Improve Quality of Patient Care and Satisfaction

•Quick Integration of Proven Protocols (Average Adoption Time is Currently 17 Years)

•Proven Protocols Save Time and Money

•Keep Current With Relevant, Scientific, Evidence that Matters

•Improve Clinical Decision Making

•Become a Self-Directed, Lifelong Learner


The EBD process is a structured approach to identifying and using the best information relevant to a particular clinical problem. It follows 5 steps known as the "5 A's"

  1. Ask: Convert clinical problem into a question with PICO
  2. Acquire: Find the best evidence
  3. Appraise:  Critically appraise the evidence found.
  4. Apply: Integrate evidence into practice
  5. Assess: Evaluate the outcomes in the clinical setting.


It is not uncommon when step 5  is complete for it to lead back to step 1. In other words, assessing the outcome, often leads to another clinical question.




EBD Question Lifecycle

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