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Last Updated: Jun 30, 2017 URL: http://libguides.udmercy.edu/dental_hygiene Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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1. Define the clinical question

Using the acronym PICO 

Patient or population: description of the patient or of the disorder in question

Intervention:   could be therapy, diagnostic test, patient perception

Comparison:  most relevant when looking at questions of therapy

Outcome:  clinical outcome of interest

From the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine from Oxford University  asking focused questions

Some examples of PICO questions:

In a patient with periodontal disease who is on  oral bisphosphonates for osteoporosis,  what is the likelihood of sucess of  a dental implant?

Can children with dental anxiety be effectively  treated with behavioral  therapy?

2. Find the evidence

Basic search tips

PubMed is the best place to conduct a literature search.  Here's an online tutorial from the National Library of Medcine on searching PubMed.

PubMed has a section of Clinical Querries  that may be helpful

The mobile version of the PubMed PICO form

3. Assess the evidence

 Next the evidence must be criticallly reviewed to determine if it is valid and is applicable to the patient.


4. Apply the evidence

Combining the best evidence, clinical expertise & the patient's preferences

Can the results  be applied to your patient

Decide with the patient if the results can be used

5.Evaluating the outcome

Is the patient better off as a result?


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