Perception of dental professionals towards evidence based dentistry

Surekha Rathod, Ishita Wanikar, Anubha Raj


Evidence Based Dentistry (EBD) is a patient-centred approach to treatment decisions, which provides personalized dental care based on the most current scientific knowledge. Many dental professionals in India are never taught critical evaluation of research material in dental schools. The purpose of this study was to determine the perception of dental professionals towards EBD in dental institutes. This cross sectional questionnaire based study was conducted comprising of 11 questions rated on a standardised five point likert scale, designed to assess awareness, knowledge and attitude of Dental Professionals towards EBD in 3 teaching dental colleges in Nagpur, India. Of the 200 forms distributed, fully completed forms from 163 (81.5 %) candidates were obtained. Positive attitudes toward EBD were significantly lower among post graduate students than in the Staff (p < 0.001). The staff believed that patient care can be improved by EBD (p=0.041) whereas the post graduate trainees thought that EBD is of limited value in general practice (p=0.00) and places an extra demand over loaded practitioners (p=0.006). Other variables were not found to be statistically significant in this study.

There were significant differences in their attitudes and implementation of EBD. While both the groups were well aware of EBD, they unanimously perceived personal barriers and lack of training towards EBD. Therefore, strategies for enhancing EBD training and implementation should be delivered at the basic level for the growth and development of dental profession.


Key Words: Scientific evidence, Knowledge, Attitude, Awareness, Barriers

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