The NIH Consensus Conference on Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of Dental Caries Throughout Life

Process and Outcome

Published in: Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice, v. 1, no. 1, July 2001, p-58-63

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2001

by Ian D. Coulter

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In attempting to develop evidenced-based practice, the health professions face several challenges. The first is simply trying to ensure that providers are aware of good scientific evidence derived from research, and the second is to determine what constitutes good evidence. Here the gold standard is the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. But a hierarchy of evidence has been established, ranging from the randomized controlled trial to the controlled trial to cohort studies to case series to case studies.

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