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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 20  |  Page : 8-16

Decision making in dental practice-an evidence based approach

1 Reader, Department o f Public Health Dentistry, ITS-CDSR, Muradnagar, Ghaziabad, UP, India
2 Reader, Department o f Public Health Dentistry, D J College of Dental Sciences and Research, Modinagar, UP, India

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The practice of dentistry is becoming more complex and challenging. Science and technology are developing so rapidly that dental practitioners have to constantly assess whether the materials and procedures they are using in their practices still represent the best treatment for their patients. Meanwhile, patients want clinicians who know, rather than believe, that a prescribed treatment works best. It is not enough to do the thing right; it is also necessary to do the right thing. In reality, most clinical care and policy decisions are complex, time-dependent, and based on clinical experience, patient/ population needs and evidence with varying degrees of certainty. One method for identifying, evaluating, and implementing good clinical data in a timely fashion is evidence based health care. Evidence Based Dentistry (EBD) is the integration of the best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values. It is understood that experience is valuable but not always represent valid evidence; physiologic principles are sometimes inaccurate and the assessment of evidence requires knowledge of the rules of evidence. EBD focuses on the basic principles of epidemiology, formulation of the clinical question, search and acquisition of scientific evidence, critical appraisal and application of evidence in dentistry.

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