Friday, 29 June 2012
Thursday, 21 June 2012
The Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry has revamped its website, which has gone live today.
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Although probably not a first line antibiotic for most dental infections, erythromycin is in our armamentarium as dentists. I was surprised therefore to read of potential problems for patients taking statins - common drugs used for reducing cholesterol to reduce risk of heart attack. Because of the way they are metabolised taking erythromycin can raise the levels of statin.
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Of course, if they feel up to it, they can search the Cochrane Library and read the 'plain language' conclusions that are helpfully part of each review. But if they want some more basic background knowledge there are resources that may be more reliable than Google.
One is Prodigy, which was formerly the Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) site, which was part of the UK's National Health Service. Here patients can select a tab for 'Patient Info' and this links through to leaflets on a myriad of medical and dental topics.
The other resource is Medline Plus, which is the US equivalent and allows patients to link through to leaflets from a variety of sources.
Having patients better understand the aetiology, prevention, prognosis and treatment of their conditions is helpful, I believe, on several fronts. Firstly it helps go some way to improving 'informed' consent, something I am inherently dubious of because of knowing how informed a patient is or needs to be to make 'informed' consent. Secondly it simply helps improve communication and may mean that patients respond better, for example, to preventive advice or to treatment suggestions. Finally, patients informed by more reliable information may be more likely to accept an evidence-based approach to their care since, hopefully, the resource offers higher level evidence than mere opinion and here-say.
If I was in practice now I would probably stick a link to one or both of these on my website. It may improve a practice's image as a patient-focused place as well as directing patients to helpful information.
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
This lecture will be the beginning of a series of short lectures on EBD beginning with why we might want to use it through to developing the tools. Yes - it means many more hours of me standing in front of a screen on my own in room talking to a virtual class....it's what students want we're told!
Feedback, as ever, is much appreciated.