Evidence based dental practice: assessment of knowledge, attitude and perceived barriers among dentists
Keywords:EBP, knowledge, attitude, barrier
Abstract: Evidence based dentistry means that clinical dental practice should be based upon evidence gathered from scientific studies. Although this concept is encouraged worldwide still a gap exists between understanding of this concept and actual practice. Also due to a large amount of advances in dental practices, it is almost impossible for practitioners to keep track and be aware of all the updates.
Aim: To assess knowledge, attitude and barrier towards evidence based dentistry among dentists in Bhavnagar district. Materials and Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted among 170 dentists in Bhavnagar district using convenience sampling technique. Data was collected using self administered, pretested, validated, close ended, structured questionnaire. Results: Although majority of the studied population were aware and could correctly define EBP, still knowledge towards levels of evidence and terminology used in evidence based practice was lacking in this study. The attitude of dental professionals toward EBP was positive. The barriers in use of EBP include lack of available informational sources, lack of time and lack of application of evidence in dental patients. In addition to this lack of skills to appraise a scientific article was also identified as barrier towards EBP. Conclusion: It was found that significant proportion of respondents had inadequate knowledge of EBP; therefore, formal training and reinforcement are required.
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