Evidence-Based Dentistry: An Introduction

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This introduction to Evidence-Based Dentistry provides a much-needed orientation in the subject for students and professionals alike. It is a ground-level book for those seeking to understand evidence-based dentistry and its significance for clinical practice. The book is anchored in the dental literature: the majority of the chapters offer guidance on interpreting a full published paper; where both the subject of the paper and the study design is of relevance to the field of dentistry.


Each chapter is organised in a similar way, providing a structured approach to reading and understanding research articles or commercial product information. In this respect, Evidence-Based Dentistry is designed as an introduction to understanding published research and its implications for the dental surgery; rather than as a guide on undertaking research.


  • Incorporates topical published papers in order to rpovide worked examples

  • Explains the most6 common forms of research used in dentistry

  • Unlocks basic statistical and epidemiological concepts, along with key terms

  • Enables the reader to identify the research question, assess aspects of study design, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of papers and understand their clinical relevance

  • Tables, boxes and figures are used extensively to present core information. Useful templates are also provided, which readers may use/adapt for analysis, including study clubs.
 

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Contents

understanding percentages and proportions
10
Taking measurements on people
31
Comparing groups of people and examining associations
44
Assessing the effectiveness of treatments
68
Determining risk factors for and causes of disease
115
Detecting disease
154
Study design issues
172
Reviewing all the evidence
186
Summary of statistical concepts
205
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About the author (2006)

Allan Hackshaw established and led the course on evidence-based dentistry at Barts & the London School of Dentistry and is now deputy-director of the cancer trials centre at University College London.

Elizabeth Paul is a Lecturer at the UCL cancer trials centre.

Elizabeth Davenport is Professor of Dental Education, Barts & the London School of Dentistry.

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