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Using Research for Clinical Decision-Making: Elements of a Research Report


Ann L. McCann, RDH, PhD; Emet D Schneiderman, PhD

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This course is no longer offered for Continuing Education credit.

45A - This course describes the parts of a research report and the information that should be contained within each section.  This will guide practitioners in their re...

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This course is no longer offered for Continuing Education credit.

45A - This course describes the parts of a research report and the information that should be contained within each section.  This will guide practitioners in their review of research articles so that they can identify the specific research questions/hypotheses being explored and what was discovered about them.  These skills will help oral health professionals decide whether or not to incorporate these research findings into their patient therapy and practice procedures. This continuing education course will serve as the first of two articles on how to use published research for making decisions about patient care.

  • Intended Audience:

    Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assisting Students

  • Date Course Online:

    Mar 1, 2002

  • Last Revision Date:

    Jan 24, 2018

  • Course Expiration Date:

    Dec 31, 2023

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • State the sources that should be used to access the dental literature, including MEDLINE/PubMed, online databases, and dental libraries.
  • Identify the sections of the research report that most scientific journals use.
  • Describe the characteristics of an Abstract in a well-written research article.
  • Define the main components of the Introduction section of a research report.
  • List the items commonly described in the Methods and Materials section in research reports.
  • Explain how the researcher should present the interpretation of the results in the Discussion section.
  • Explain how the Summary and Conclusions section should relate to the hypothesis/research question and findings of the study.


P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein. 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. Note:  Registration is required to take test.


Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Dr. Ann McCann has done consulting work for P&G.    
  • Dr. Emet Schneiderman reports no conflicts of interest associated with this course.
Ann L. McCann

Ann L. McCann


Ann L. McCann is Professor and Director of Planning and Assessment at the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry in Dallas. She is nationally known for her contributions to assessment, having directed two federal grants from the Health Re...

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Emet D Schneiderman

Emet D Schneiderman


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