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ADA’s Evidence-Based Dentistry Weekend a Great Success!


June 17, 2008
by Oral Health

Success Marks ADA’s Evidenced-Based Dentistry Weekend in May.

ADA holds two separate conferences in support of EBD

CHICAGO, June 17, 2008 Several hundred dentists and other attendees from throughout the country participated in the recent American Dental Association (ADA) and The Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice’s first Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) Champion Conference and the 3rd International Conference on Evidence-Based Dentistry.

Both conferences, held separately over May 2-4 at ADA’s Chicago headquarters, helped broaden attendees EBD knowledge and expand the use of evidence-based research in dentistry. Educational grants from Procter & Gamble were instrumental in putting on both conferences.

The dentists, representing clinicians, educators and those working in public health, participated in the conferences that included speaker presentations from the perspectives of clinicians and academics, panel discussions, question-and-answer sessions and team workshops using various evidence-based scenarios.

“We were extremely pleased to see the overwhelming response from practitioners,” said Julie Frantsve-Hawley, Ph.D., director, ADA Research Institute and Center for Evidence-based Dentistry. “These conferences provided attendees with a wealth of information and the unique opportunity to interact not only with well-known EBD experts, but also with fellow practicing dentists who have implemented and championed EBD.”

EBD is an approach to oral health care that requires the judicious integration of systematic assessments of clinically relevant scientific evidence that relate to the patient’s oral and medical condition and history. This is combined with the dentist’s clinical expertise and patient’s treatment needs and preferences for optimal treatment and outcome. An added benefit is that EBD enhances decision-making and keeping abreast of the latest information.

The two-day Champion’s conference provided attendees with necessary tools to promote, support, network and disseminate evidence-based research with other health professionals. Being an EBD champion includes serving as a resource to their local dental community, spreading the word about EBD and guiding colleagues in the application of an evidence-based approach to patient treatment and disease prevention. Conference champion participants received 11 hours of continuing education credit.

The one-day International conference, “Managing Dental Health in a Connected World,” explored the dissemination of evidence-based information and research, emphasizing on-time clinical support to help improve decision making and enhance oral health. International conference attendees received 6.75 hours of continuing education credit.

P&G to support next EBD Champion Conference

Through the support of Procter & Gamble, planning is underway for EBD Champion Conferences in 2009 and 2010. For more information about EBD, visit www.ada.org/goto/ebdconf or call the toll-free number, Ext. 2519.