Evidence based Dentistry – Simplified

Dr.Dinesh Kumari Sharma


The principles of evidence based methodologies provide a systematic frame work for relying on scientific evidence in conjunction with clinical experience and judgment to answer questions and stay in touch with innovations in dentistry. This article in short provides the clinicians an approach to use evidence based methodology in their clinical practice.

Summary: Current concepts of evaluating health care require a scientific basis for treatment. This approach applies to all the spheres of health care, be it medical, dental, pharmacological and so on. This article summarizes the guidelines to determine validity of study results whether they can be applied to clinical practice.Evidence Based Dentistry supplies guidelines to help the clinician make an intelligent decision. A stepwise approach supplied by evidence based methodology is described in this article. The examples cited are relevant to dentistry, helping the clinician understand it better. By integrating good science with clinical judgment and patient preferences, the clinicians can enhance their decision making ability and maximize the potential for successful patient care outcomes.


Evidence based Dentistry, Cochrane database, meta- analysis, cohort studies

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