Strategies for developing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to foster implementation into dental practice [review] Review uri icon
  • BACKGROUND: Professional and other organizations, including oral health care organizations, have been developing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) to help providers incorporate the best available evidence into their clinical decision making. Although the rigor of guideline development has increased over time, ongoing challenges prevent the full adoption of CPGs into clinical practices that experience variability in provider expertise and opinion, patient flow pace, and use of electronic dental records. These challenges include lack of relevant evidence, failure to keep guidelines up to date, and failure to adopt strategies aimed at overcoming the barriers preventing implementation into clinical practice. RESULTS: This article provides a brief overview of strategies that can be used to overcome common challenges to guideline adoption. Such strategies include creating evidence-based CPGs that use additional sources of evidence and methods to inform guideline development and accelerate the guideline updating and dissemination process (that is, evidence directly from clinical practice, big data, patients' values and preferences, and living guidelines) and applying implementation strategies that have been documented as improving translation of CPGs into routine clinical practice (that is, guideline implementability, implementation science, and computable guidelines). PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS: Adopting newer strategies for developing and translating evidence into practice could lead to improvements in patient care and population health.

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    publication date
  • 2022
  • Research
  • Dentistry
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Integration of Research and Practice
  • Learning Health System
  • Practice Guidelines
  • Additional Document Info
  • 153
  • issue
  • 11