The Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions: A Grassroots Approach to the Implementation of EBD

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Abstract

In order for evidence-based dentistry (EBD) to become part of decision making in practice, the most current and comprehensive research findings must be translated into practice. The use of Champions, influential individuals to support the transfer of knowledge among their peers, is one effective approach used by others in the health care field to successfully implement science research into clinical care. With the success of Champions in other health care areas, the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice, through an educational grant from Procter and Gamble, have launched a novel program to develop Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions. The EBD Champion program is developing a network of oral health care workers who will disseminate information about the application of an evidence-based approach to dental care and will serve as resources and mentors to their colleagues. The primary mechanism for developing the network of EBD Champions is through 3 annual EBD Champion Conferences, the first of which will be held at the ADA Headquarters in Chicago, IL, on May 2 and 3, 2008. The EBD Champion will serve as a resource to the practitioners in their communities, providing a grassroots approach to facilitating the implementation of an evidence-based approach to providing dental care.

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