A brief history of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry
After the establishment of the Centre for Evidence-based Medicine and involvement in the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) and Getting Research into Practice Project (GRiPP) initiatives in Anglia and Oxford. The Centre was formed in early 1995, following a workshop on Evidence-based Dentistry held at Templeton College, Oxford in December 1994.
The Centre has been instrumental in establishing a journal of Evidence-based dentistry, which was initially published as a supplement of the British Dental Journal .In 2000 the journal became a quarterly stand-alone journal and web-based publication achieving Medline recognition in 2004.
The Centre runs courses in Evidence-based dentistry ranging from half-day workshops to 5-day courses both in the UK and abroad. The Centre has also given presentations and taken part in many national and international conferences. Following discussions with other UK-based, Evidence-based dental groups it helped establish a Virtual Centre for Improving Oral Health which was launched in 2004. That year also saw more formal links established with the Centre for Evidence-based Medicine.
In October 2013 the Centre relocated to the international renowned Dental Health Service Research Unit (DHSRU) at the School of Dentistry, Dundee University.
Aims and Objectives
The main aim of the Centre is to promote the teaching, learning, practice and evaluation of Evidence-based Dentistry by:
- Fostering a spirit of enquiry within the dental team
- Encouraging and enable the dental profession to make clinical decisions based on the best available evidence
- Enabling the dental team to find valid and up to date evidence on which to base treatment decisions
- Assisting in the development of better methods of disseminating quality evidence
- Encouraging the development of Evidence-based professional and clinical standards and an Evidence-based approach to clinical audit
- Facilitating Evidence-based continuing professional development (CPD) involving the whole dental team
- Improving the public profile of the dental profession by moving towards Evidence-based practice
- Assisting in the production of clear Evidence-based patient information on dental treatments and procedures
- Enabling Evidence-based purchasing of materials and equipment.