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Volume 3 , Issue 2
Summer 2017

Pages 7884


Evolving Dental Media: Implications for Evidence-Based Dentistry

Diana Hicks, PhD/Kimberly Isett, PhD/Julia Melkers, PhD


DOI: 10.11607/ebh.86

Evidence-based dental practice depends on access to relevant and credible information. Recent work addressing clinical information use has shown that both dentists and hygienists tend to rely most on traditional sources to seek out clinical information despite the advent of digital media. Over the past two decades, the rise of new digital media has challenged traditional, association-based media outlets. The causes and consequences of these shifts are much debated. The purpose of this article was to examine the relevant shifts in dental media and to reflect on those changes in light of wider debates. Dental media is reviewed and mapped by identifying important clinical information sources in dentistry. The contemporary dental knowledge media is a rich and ever evolving set of sources with a mix of traditional association-based outlets and newer digital components. The evolution of these outlets will change how science and evidence reach chairside dental professionals.


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