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A guide to library resources for clinical decision making in the dental sciences.
Last Updated: Sep 6, 2012 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What is Clinical Decision Making?


It's the decisions you make about the clinical care of your patients. 


Many clinical decisions are based on a professional's prior clinical experience and their intuition.

But there has been a move in all the health professions towards a more standardized method of clinical decision making.

This method, called evidence-based practice, teaches you how to find and apply the most up-to-date research to the decisions you make in clinical settings.


    What are the Best Sources of Information?

    Top Reasons to Do Your Research Before Making Clinical Decisions

      1. Make the best clinical decisions
      2. Plan and implement treatment
      3. Evaluate outcomes of treatment
      4. Stay up-to-date on new technologies
      5. Stay up-to-date on clinical practices
      6. Maintain your marketability to employers

              How Will You Know What Kind of Information You Need?

              Step 1: FORMULATE an answerable question

              Step 2: SEARCH databases with the keywords from your question

              Step 3: ASSESS the validity and usefulness of your search results

              Step 4: APPLY the evidence to your patient



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