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Evidence-Based Dentistry 4 Step Process

EBD 4 Step Process

The Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) process is structured to identify and use the best information relevant to a particular clinical situation and follows these four steps:

1. Question

   Articulate a clear question based on the patient's clinical situation

2. Find

   Conduct a comprehensive literature search for the best evidence

3. Appraise

   Critically assess the evidence

4. Act

   Apply the best evidence to patient care

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What is Evidence-Based Dentistry?

According to the American Dental Association's Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) is defined as:

"an approach to oral healthcare that requires the judicious integration of systematic assessments of clinically relevant scientific evidence, relating to the patient's oral and medical condition and history, with the dentist's clinical expertise and the patient's treatment needs and preferences."