Evidence-Based Dentistry: An Introduction

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 29, 2006 - Medical - 225 pages
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This introduction to Evidence-Based Dentistry provides amuch-needed orientation in the subject for students andprofessionals alike. It is a ground-level book for those seeking tounderstand evidence-based dentistry and its significance forclinical practice. The book is anchored in the dental literature:the majority of the chapters offer guidance on interpreting a fullpublished paper; where both the subject of the paper and the studydesign is of relevance to the field of dentistry.


Each chapter is organised in a similar way, providing astructured approach to reading and understanding research articlesor commercial product information. In this respect, Evidence-BasedDentistry is designed as an introduction to understanding publishedresearch and its implications for the dental surgery; rather thanas a guide on undertaking research.


  • Incorporates topical published papers in order to rpovideworked examples

  • Explains the most6 common forms of research used indentistry

  • Unlocks basic statistical and epidemiological concepts, alongwith key terms

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

  • Tables, boxes and figures are used extensively to present coreinformation. Useful templates are also provided, which readers mayuse/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-baseddentistry at Barts & the London School of Dentistry and is nowdeputy-director of the cancer trials centre at University CollegeLondon.

Elizabeth Paul is a Lecturer at the UCL cancer trialscentre.

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

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