The purpose of this assignment is to introduce you to scientific peer reviewed journal information that is available to you as a dental hygiene professional and understand the role of research in evidence- based dental hygiene practice.
Choose a current research topic in dental hygiene. Tip: Need help finding a topic? Link to our Full-Text Finder of electronic journals, then click the category for "Dentistry". Click on the links to the database for a particular journal and follow the links to browse or search current issues of each journal title. You may also search for "dental hygiene" to get publications which are more specific to your field.
Your literature review will need to include:
Additional guidelines linked below.
Try to be as specific as possible with your topics. What are you specifically trying to research? Here are some topics from past semesters. Some of these are still quite broad, so think of ways to narrow and focus on a question.
Evidence-based practice is an important concept in all health care fields. It is also referred to as EBP or may be adapted for the field in which it is used, for example, Evidence Based Dentistry (EBD).
Dental hygiene care is evidence-based and this evidence is found in peer refereed studies and journal articles. The American Dental Association defines Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) as:
Evidence-based dentistry 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. 1
There are five steps in Evidence-Based Practice 2:
This guide will focus on the first two steps in this process in order to help you complete a brief literature review of a current clinical topic in dental hygiene.
1American Dental Association. (2013, August 29). "Policy on Evidence-Based Dentistry." Retrieved from http://www.ada.org/1754.aspx
2CEBM: Centre for Evidence Based Medicine. (n.d.). "Tools: EBM tools for the five stages of Evidence-Based Medicine." Retrieved from https://www.cebm.net/category/ebm-resources/tools/
Figure: Forrest, J.L. & Miller, S. A. (2005). Evidence-based decision making: A new term for a new concept. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, 3(9): 12. Retrieved from: http://www.dimensionsofdentalhygiene.com/2005/09_September/Features/Evidence-Based_Decision_Making.aspx