The United States National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research have awarded the ADA Foundation a grant for the development of an evidence-based dentistry (EBD) Web site.
According to the ADA, EBD “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.”
“There are numerous efforts underway in the systematic review of scientific information related to dental and oral health,” said Julie Frantsve-Hawley, PhD, the ADA’s assistant director of scientific information. “This grant will help support and promote widespread access to the latest scientific findings and make available appropriate information dentists can consider for patient care.”
The ADA-EBD Web site will provide one central location where dentists will be able to access all systematic reviews of dental and oral health topics. It will also contain critical summaries of systematic reviews that will discuss how the scientific evidence should be considered in clinical decision-making.
The anticipated launch of the Web site is later this year.
[ADA, April 5, 2007]