Helping a Dental School Put the “E” in Evidence-Based Dentistry (Brief Communications) (Report)

Helping a Dental School Put the "E" in Evidence-Based Dentistry (Brief Communications) (Report)

INTRODUCTION Evidence-based dentistry (EBD) was officially recognized in the United States in 2001 with the adoption of the American Dental Association’s (ADA’s) Policy on Evidence-Based Dentistry, which provided a definition of EBD and clearly defined guidelines. EBD’s recognition has since grown, and, in 2006, ADA’s representative, Daniel Meyer, stated, “the need for an evidencebased approach to oral healthcare and the practice of dentistry is greater than ever” [1]. In this spirit and in the same year, the Alumni Medical Library at Boston University joined the Boston University School of Dental Medicine’s (BUSDM’s) initiative to strengthen the role of EBD in its curriculum. The library’s efforts focused specifically on the first two steps of the ADA’s EBD process: (1) defining a clinically relevant question and (2) conducting searches for evidence [2], as these steps call for library-related information skills. This article describes the role of the library in helping BUSDM faculty and students find the evidence to be successful EBD practitioners.

Helping a Dental School Put the "E" in Evidence-Based Dentistry (Brief Communications) (Report)



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