Evidence based decision making is the process by which therapeutic decisions are made based on sound scientific evidence. Access to scientific evidence and research is available though the many electronic resources available over the internet. The following resources have been compiled to assist the dental hygienist in researching the scientific evidence on which to make treatment and product recommendations.
PubMed comprises more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.
United States National Library of Medicine
The world’s largest biomedical library.
The Cochrane Collaboration / The Cochrane Library
A collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups.
Dental Medicine Library at the University of Pennsylvania
A place to pursue knowledge beyond traditional boundaries.
The Stanford Health Library
Stanford Health Library provides scientifically-based medical information to help people make informed decisions about their health and health care.
Health Information Centers
National Health Information Center
Home of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a government website where you will find information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.
Oral Cancer Foundation
The role of dental and medical professionals.
Dental Hygienist’ Guide to Using the Internet
Dental Hygiene and Dental Research Organizations