Conclusion

The key to providing the best care for your patients is to adopt treatment regimens that have been proven effective. Evidence of effectiveness is generated in clinical trials and published in the dental and scientific literature. The oral health practitioner needs to stay abreast of the most recent literature and practice the skills of critically evaluating the research evidence. This course and the Elements of a Research Report have presented the basic skills necessary for a critical review of research evidence, and the reward for practicing them will be the knowledge that you are providing the most effective care for your patients.