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Implementing Research Findings and EBD Interventions into Real-World Dental Practice Settings

Leverage technology to overcome perceived and real barriers to the acceptance of EB dental practice guidelines

Currently, dentistry lags behind medicine with respect to promotion of research findings and evidence-based (EB) knowledge in clinical settings. This research project will help redress this disparity by developing informatics solutions for efficient delivery of current EB information about better treatments to general dentists at chairside. The project has three Specific Aims. In Aim1, we will identify information barriers to the implementation of research findings and EB interventions by presenting patient vignettes to dentists and by interviewing them about current treatment approaches, information barriers, and solutions to those barriers. In Aim 2, we will generate a comprehensive list of informatics solutions customized to the patient at hand to support the integration of treatment guidelines into the practice workflow of general dentists. In Aim 3, we will prototypically deploy the newly developed informatics solutions in a pilot study to practicing dentists, allowing us to develop an instrument for measuring the effectiveness of various implementations. The instrument will be tested for understanding and usability, reliability and validity. Using the instrument to sample study participants will allow us to determine the sample frame of the ultimate target audience. To learn more about the project go to http://bit.ly/EBD-In-Real-World. To view the Center for Dental Informatics Research Seminar video presentation on the grant go to http://vimeo.com/28146909

Type of project: academic


Involved Persons:

Project Leader: Heiko Spallek (School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh)
Other involved People: Tanja Bekhuis, Marnie Oakley, Jean O'Donnell, Deborah Polk, Titus Schleyer, Mei Song, Thankam Thyvalikakath, Benita Valappil, Adriana Modesto Vieira
heiko spallek (89 star_green)
Deb Polk (5 star_blue)
titus schleyer (102 star_green)
Thankam Thyvalikakath (22 star_red)


Is the project funded?yes
Funding source:National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Grant #1R21DE021494

Other information:

Duration of project:02/24/2011 - 01/31/2013
Expertise sought:We would like to invite practicing dentists to participate in a pilot study. Dentists who are interested in participating in this study will test effectiveness of prototypical informatics solutions..monetary compensation will be provided

DIOC user:

benita valappil (31 star_turquoise), School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
benita valappil's interests: educational technology, evidence-based dentistry/electronic information resources, research methods


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