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J. Islam. Int. Med. Coll.. 2015; 10(2): 163-167

An Assessment of Dentists' Knowledge of Evidence Based Terms

Fareha Liaqat, Muhammad Humza Bin Saeed, Anum Zehra Khan.


Objective: The study was conducted to assess dentists' understanding of terms used in evidence based healthcare.
Study Design: Cross-sectional questionnaire based study.
Place and Duration of Study: This study was conducted in the department of community dentistry at Islamic International
Dental Hospital Islamabad from April 2013 to August 2013.
Materials and Methods: A questionnaire based cross-sectional study was conducted among faculty members of the
Faculty of Dentistry, Riphah International University. A sample of 38 faculty members (n=38) was selected. The sample was
stratified into senior (n=17) and junior (n=21) faculty members. A self-administered questionnaire, including 10 questions,
was distributed by hand among the faculty members. The participants were asked about their knowledge about the
methodological terms used in evidence based literature.
Results: Majority (82%) of the respondents had basic knowledge of the terms used in questionnaire and many of them
who did not know showed desire to know. Eight percent (3) of the respondents said that they knew dummy term and could
explain it to others where as 21.1% (8) had some knowledge of the term. Evidence based practice should be encouraged
among young dentists by senior members and it should be part of curriculum for the dental students.
Conclusion: Senior faculty members are more knowledgeable compared to juniors. Although majority (82%) of the
respondents have basic knowledge but not all of them can explain it to others, indicating their poor understanding.

Key words: Evidence Based Practice, Dental Education, Evidence Based Dentistry

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