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Evidence-based Decision Making: Introduction and Formulating Good Clinical Questions

Jane L. Forrest, EdD, BSDH

Continuing Dental Education Units:  2 hours
Intended Audience:  Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students
Date Course Online:  Mar 01, 2008
Last Revision Date:  Apr 07, 2014
Course Expiration Date:  Apr 06, 2017


The primary learning objectives for this course are to:  1) increase your knowledge of evidence-based concepts, principles and skills, and 2) specifically how to formulate a good clinical question in order to find relevant evidence to answer that question.

When you complete a continuing education course on, a form will come up that requests your name, address, etc.  If you are a member of the AGD, make sure to fill out the field that asks for your AGD membership number (if you are not an AGD member, leave blank).  When you hit submit, a copy of the "proof of completion" is e-mailed directly to the AGD and P&G.  For your records, make sure to print a copy of the "proof of completion" certificate.

Disclaimer:  Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

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Jane L. Forrest
Jane L. Forrest, EdD, BSDH
Jane L.
Jane L. Forrest, EdD, BSDH

Dr. Forrest is the Chair of the Behavioral Science Section in the Division of Dental Public Health & Pediatric Dentistry, and the Director of the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research and Practice at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, Los Angeles, CA.  Dr. Forrest has received federal funding for several grants including one to prepare faculty on how to integrate an evidence-based approach into curriculum.  As part of that grant, the Evidence-Based Decision Making website was established (


Dr. Forrest is an internationally recognized author and presenter on Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM).  She has served as the pre-Conference workshop chair for both the First and Second International Conferences on Evidence-Based Dentistry and has participated in the ADA’s Champion Conferences on EBD.  Dr. Forrest is the lead co-author on a new book, Evidence-Based Decision Making: A Translational Guide for Dental Professionals and has chapters published on EBDM in Clinical Periodontology and Dental Hygiene Concepts, Cases and Competencies.


Dr. Forrest serves on several editorial boards and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice.



Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement 

  • Jane Forrest has done consulting work for P&G.


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The Procter & Gamble Company is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership, and Membership Maintenance Credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 8/1/2013 to 7/31/2017.
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