Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Evidence Based Dentistry 1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care

DESCRIPTION It is widely recognised that Evidence-Based Dentistry is key to delivering high-quality dental care and ensuring optimal outcomes for clients. This study-unit aims to equip future dental, dental hygiene and dental technology practitioners with the skills and knowledge required to ensure that they remain responsive to the ever-changing body of knowledge and scientific rational for clinical decisions in dental practice.

Through this study-unit students will be introduced to the concepts of evidence-based dentistry (EBD), whilst lectures, group work, student led discussions, online activities and practical sessions will enable the student to develop the key skills related to EBD. Students are required to identify an issue arising from clinical practice and will be guided in developing this into a focused question. Interactive sessions will provide hands on experience of searching the literature for studies to answer clinical questions. Students are also introduced to the basics of understanding, analyzing and synthesizing the evidence retrieved. Furthermore, this study-unit extends to assist students develop academic reading and writing skills.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to introduce students to the basic principles of evidence based dentistry.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Discuss the concept of evidence-based practice in healthcare;
- Outline the process of evidence-based dentistry;
- Discuss the main research designs underlying published evidence;
- Discuss how to undertake a systematic search of the literature;
- Discuss how to critically appraise research evidence;
- Demonstrate the skills required to implement evidence in practice.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Discuss critically the concept of evidence-based practice in healthcare;
- Explain the process of evidence based dentistry;
- Formulate a problem into an answerable format;
- Describe the main research designs underlying published evidence;
- Undertake a systematic search of the literature;
- Demonstrate the basic concepts behind academic reading and writing;
- Critically appraise research evidence;
- Critically discuss the skills required to implement evidence in practice.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text

- Straus, S.E., Richardson, W.S., Glasziou, P., and Haynes, R.B. (2005). Evidence-based medicine: How to practice and teach EBM (3rd Ed.). Edinburgh: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.
- Lecture notes

Supplementary Readings

- Clarkson, J., Harrison, J.E., Ismail, A.I., Needleman, I. and Worthington, H. (2002). Evidence based dentistry for effective practice. London: Martin Dunitz.
- Crombie, I.K. (1996). The pocket guide to critical appraisal: a handbook for health professionals (2nd Ed.) Edinburgh: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.
- Greenhalgh, T. (2006). How to read a scientific paper: the basics of evidence based medicine. London: BMJ.
- Sackett, D.L., Rosenberg, W.M., Gray, J.A., Haynes, R.B., and Richardson, W.S. (1996). Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't. British Medical Journal, 13 (312), 71-2.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Attendance to scheduled sessions, inclusive of lectures/tutorials, practical, laboratory and clinical components is compulsory. Students who do not attend at least 90% of the scheduled sessions will not be allowed to sit for any of the assessment components mentioned below.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study and Project

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Nikolai Attard
Veronica Montebello

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