American Dental Association launches evidence-based dentistry Web site

March 10, 2009
Initial database features more than 1,300 systematic reviews.

CHICAGO, Illinois--The American Dental Association has announced the launching of, the Web site dedicated to evidenced-based dentistry. allows easy and quick access to a database of systematic reviews of oral health clinical information from one centralized location.

EBD, according to the ADA, is an approach to oral health care that requires the judicious integration of systematic assessments of clinically relevant scientific evidence, relating to the patient's oral and medical condition and history, with the dentist's clinical expertise and the patient's treatment needs and preferences.

Supported by a grant from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (grant number G08 LM008956), also features critical summaries of systematic reviews that assess information within systematic reviews in a concise format so that health-care workers can incorporate scientific evidence in clinical decision making.

Key features of the EBD Web site include:

* A database of systematic reviews--The database features more than 1,300 systematic reviews with quarterly updating.

* Critical summaries of systematic reviews--One-page synopses of the key elements of a systematic review that a member of the dental team needs to know when making treatment decisions. Authors of the summaries are practicing dentists trained in critical assessment of published studies.

* Clinical recommendations--These provide evidence-based guidance on the application of current scientific evidence to patient care.

* Suggest clinical ideas--A section in which dentists can let the ADA know the clinical questions they encounter in trying to provide the best care to their patients.

* Links to other useful resources--This central resource for EBD information will include links to many outside resources, including tutorials, glossaries, and databases.

"This is just a first step for," explained John S. Findley, DDS, ADA president. "We will continue to gather feedback to make sure the Web site provides the most clinically relevant and current information in a concise and user-friendly manner for dental and health care professionals."

EBD experts
A panel of EBD experts provides oversight for the EBD Web site, including training and overseeing the dentists who write the critical summaries.

Panel members include: James Bader, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry; Janet Clarkson, University of Dundee, Dental Health Services and Research Unit, Scotland; John Gunsolley, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Dentistry; Philippe Hujoel, University of Washington, School of Dentistry; Asbjorn Jokstad, University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry; Joseph Matthews, University of New Mexico, School of Medicine; Rick Niederman, Forsyth Institute; and Robert Weyant, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

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