Title: Senior research investigator and associate dental director for research, HealthPartners Dental Group.
Affiliations/other offices held: Regional Director, Midwest Region of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network.
Joined the Institute: 1999
Education and training: DDS, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Overview/research interests: Dr. Rindal’s research interests include implementing current evidence into daily practice, pragmatic trials utilizing clinical decision support, practice-based research and utilization of HealthPartners’ integrated medical and dental databases to examine the relationship of oral health and other diseases.
Dr. Rindal serves as Regional Director, Midwest Region of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network, funded through the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and administered through the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The network involves community dentists in research, addressing topics relevant to their patients and the problems they see.
Current research activities and funding
- PI of Midwest Node, National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (NDPBRN) Limited Competition (Gilbert): This application proposes the NDPBRN, a national collaborative of practices and organizations across the United States that will engage practitioners in the excitement of discovery for the benefit of everyday clinical practice and its patients. The specific aims will be to (1) support the infrastructure and conduct of national oral health research studies in dental practices on topics of importance to practitioners; (2) provide evidence useful in daily patient care; and (3) facilitate the translation of research findings into clinical practice. NDPBRN will also aim to broaden the scope of dental practice via certain studies to better integrate dental practice into the larger health care system and to reach out further to dental education to inculcate in graduating clinicians an appreciation for the role of science in everyday clinical practice. Funder: NIDCR U19DE028717 .
- PI, A Clinic-Randomized Trial of a Clinical Decision Support System to Improve Dental Provider Delivery of Brief Tobacco Interventions and Quitline Referrals (Rindal): The overarching goal of this program of research is to reduce smoking-associated morbidity and mortality by increasing the number of patients who are referred for tobacco cessation counseling. This project is the next step in this program and aims to evaluate the effectiveness of clinical decision support (CDS) to improve dental provider delivery of brief tobacco interventions and referrals to tobacco quitlines for further tobacco counseling. The CDS will function within two commonly used electronic dental record systems. The CDS will generate personalized, evidence-based recommendations for dentists and dental hygienists to actively engage their smoking patients in the course of usual dental care. Funder: NIDCR/U01DE026135.
- PI, De-Implementing Opioid Use and Implementing Optimal Pain Management Following Dental Extractions (Rindal). Opioid medications make a significant contribution to our nation’s epidemic of fatal and non-fatal overdoses. Inappropriate prescribing (ie, prescribing opioids when not clinically necessary, or in higher doses or for longer than needed) is a key factor driving the opioid epidemic and requires fundamental changes at the practice level. Millions of dental extractions are performed each year on a wide range of patients. The overarching goal of this project is to de-implement the reliance of opioid analgesics and to implement reliance on non-opioid analgesics to manage postoperative pain following dental extractions. We will compare different strategies to reduce the reliance on opioids and increase the use of alternative pan management approaches utilizing information support tools aimed at both providers and their dental extraction patients. Funder: NIDCR/U01DE027441.