D. Brad Rindal, DDS
Senior Research Investigator and Associate Dental Director for Research
About

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.

Affiliation
positions
  • Sr. Research Investigator and Associate Dental Director for Research, Dental and oral health
  • Publications While At HealthPartners
    selected publications
    Journal Article
  • Patient and dentist perspectives on collecting patient reported outcomes after painful dental procedures in the National Dental PBRN
    BMC oral health. 2024
  • Survival analysis of posterior composite restorations in National Dental PBRN general dentistry practices
    Journal of Dentistry. 2024
  • Characteristics of dentists in the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of Dentistry. 2023
  • Clinical decision support to reduce opioid prescriptions for dental extractions using SMART on FHIR: implementation report
    JMIR medical informatics. 2023
  • De-Implementing Opioids for Dental Extractions (DIODE): a multi-clinic, cluster-randomized trial of clinical decision support strategies in dentistry
    Implementation science. 2023
  • De-implementing opioid prescribing in a dental group practice: lessons learned
    Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. 2023
  • Periodontal treatment and subsequent clinical outcomes and medical care costs: a retrospective cohort study
    PloS One. 2023
  • Perspectives on the future of dissemination and implementation research in oral and craniofacial sciences
    Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. 2023
  • Practitioner/practice- and patient-based factors contributing to dental practitioner treatment recommendations for patients with pain-related TMDs: findings from the National Dental PBRN
    Journal of oral & facial pain and headache. 2023
  • Findings and future directions from a smoking cessation trial utilizing a clinical decision support tool
    Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. 2022
  • Management of painful temporomandibular disorders: methods and overview of The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network prospective cohort study
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2022
  • Pain management after third molar extractions in adolescents: a qualitative study
    BMC Pediatrics. 2022
  • Patient experience of post-extraction pain management
    Front Dent Med. 2022
  • Root canal treatment survival analysis in National Dental PBRN practices
    Journal of Dental Research. 2022
  • Structure, function, and productivity from the National Dental Practice Based Research Network
    Journal of clinical and translational science. 2022
  • Study protocol: understanding pain after dental procedures, an observational study within the National Dental PBRN
    BMC oral health. 2022
  • Translating periodontal data to knowledge in a learning health system
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2022
  • De-implementing opioid use and implementing optimal pain management following dental extractions (DIODE): protocol for a cluster randomized trial
    JMIR research protocols. 2021
  • Leveraging clinical decision support and integrated medical-dental electronic health records to implementing precision in oral cancer risk assessment and preventive intervention
    Journal of personalized medicine. 2021
  • Patient, provider type, and procedure type factors associated with opioid prescribing by dentists in a health care system
    Journal of Pain Research. 2021
  • Quantifying dental office-originating adverse events: the Dental Practice Study methods
    Journal of patient safety. 2021
  • Assessing the patient safety culture in dentistry
    JDR clinical and translational research. 2020
  • Dental Decision Simulation (DDSim): development of a virtual training environment
    Journal of Dental Education. 2020
  • Leveraging electronic dental record data for clinical research in the National Dental PBRN practices
    Applied Clinical Informatics. 2020
  • Practitioner engagement in activities of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN): 7-year results
    Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2020
  • Concordance between practitioner questionnaire responses and observed clinical treatment recommendations for treatment of dentin hypersensitivity: findings from the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    BMC oral health. 2019
  • Feasibility and acceptance of oral human papillomavirus detection in the dental office: results from The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2019
  • Training experiences regarding pain management, addiction, and drug diversion of dentists enrolled in the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Substance Abuse. 2019
  • Dentists' decision strategies for suspicious occlusal caries lesions in a National Dental PBRN study
    Journal of Dentistry. 2018
  • Influence of 2 caries-detecting devices on clinical decision making and lesion depth for suspicious occlusal lesions: a randomized trial from The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2018
  • Opioid prescribing and risk mitigation implementation in the management of acute pain: results from The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2018
  • Judgment of the quality of restorative care as predictors of restoration retreatment: findings from the National Dental PBRN
    JDR clinical and translational research. 2017
  • Surface characteristics and lesion depth and activity of suspicious occlusal carious lesions: findings from The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2017
  • Concordance between responses to questionnaire scenarios and actual treatment to repair or replace dental restorations in the National Dental PBRN
    Journal of Dentistry. 2015
  • Dental hygienists' usage of tobacco-cessation decision support tools in practice: a qualitative study
    2015
  • Evidence supports no relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and premolar extraction: an electronic health records review
    Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 2015
  • Methods dentists use to diagnose primary caries lesions prior to restorative treatment: findings from The Dental PBRN
    Texas Dental Journal. 2015
  • Persistence of smoking-cessation decision support use in a dental practice
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2015
  • Provision of specific dental procedures by general dentists in the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network: questionnaire findings
    BMC oral health. 2015
  • Repair or replacement of restorations: a prospective cohort study by dentists in The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2015
  • Characteristics, detection methods and treatment of questionable occlusal carious lesions: findings from the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Caries Research. 2014
  • Concordance between clinical practice and published evidence: findings from the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (DPBRN)
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2014
  • Concordance between patient satisfaction and the dentist's view: findings from The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2014
  • Dentist and practice characteristics associated with restorative treatment of enamel caries in permanent teeth: multiple-regression modeling of observational clinical data from the National Dental PBRN
    American Journal of Dentistry. 2014
  • Differences between reported and actual restored caries lesion depths: results from The Dental PBRN
    Texas Dental Journal. 2014
  • Integrating tobacco dependence counseling into electronic dental records: a multi-method approach
    Journal of Dental Education. 2014
  • Practice change toward better adherence to evidence-based treatment of early dental decay in the National Dental PBRN
    Implementation science. 2014
  • Smoking cessation e-referrals: a National Dental Practice-Based Research Network randomized controlled trial
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2014
  • Supplementing online surveys with a mailed option to reduce bias and improve response rate: the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 2014
  • Twenty-month follow-up of occlusal caries lesions deemed questionable at baseline: findings from The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2014
  • Use of online sources of information by dental practitioners: findings from The Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 2014
  • Agreement among dentists' restorative treatment planning thresholds for primary occlusal caries, primary proximal caries, and existing restorations: findings from The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of Dentistry. 2013
  • Caries treatment in a dental practice-based research network: movement toward stated evidence-based treatment
    Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. 2013
  • Cluster effects in a National Dental PBRN restorative study
    Journal of Dental Research. 2013
  • Computer-assisted guidance for dental office tobacco-cessation counseling: a randomized controlled trial
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2013
  • Electronic dental record use and clinical information management patterns among practitioner-investigators in The Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2013
  • Information-seeking behaviors of dental practitioners in three practice-based research networks
    Journal of Dental Education. 2013
  • Measuring the impact of practice-based research networks on member dentists in the Collaboration on Networked Dental and Oral Health Research, CONDOR
    Journal of Dentistry. 2013
  • ONJ in two dental practice-based research network regions
    Texas Dental Journal. 2013
  • Purpose, structure, and function of the United States National Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of Dentistry. 2013
  • The feasibility of a clinical trial of pain related to temporomandibular muscle and joint disorders: the results of a survey from the Collaboration on Networked Dental and Oral Research dental practice-based research networks
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2013
  • Utilization of nondentist providers and attitudes toward new provider models: findings from the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 2013
  • Components of patient satisfaction with a dental restorative visit: results from the Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2012
  • Differences between reported and actual restored caries lesion depths: results from The Dental PBRN
    Journal of Dentistry. 2012
  • Large-scale clinical endodontic research in the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network: study overview and methods
    Journal of Endodontics. 2012
  • Not just in the "ivory tower": research in your office for your patients!
    Northwest Dentistry. 2012
  • Repair or replacement of defective restorations by dentists in The Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2012
  • The prevalence of questionable occlusal caries: findings from the Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2012
  • Lessons learned during the conduct of clinical studies in the dental PBRN
    Journal of Dental Education. 2011
  • ONJ in two dental practice-based research network regions
    Journal of Dental Research. 2011
  • Practitioner, patient and carious lesion characteristics associated with type of restorative material: findings from The Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2011
  • Restoration of noncarious tooth defects by dentists in The Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2011
  • The effect of electronic health records on the use of clinical care guidelines for patients with medically complex conditions
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2011
  • Concordance between preoperative and postoperative assessments of primary caries lesion depth: results from the Dental PBRN
    Operative Dentistry. 2010
  • Dentists' use of caries risk assessment in children: findings from the Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    General Dentistry. 2010
  • General practitioners' use of caries-preventive agents in adult patients versus pediatric patients: findings from the dental practice-based research network
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2010
  • Institutional review board and regulatory solutions in the dental PBRN
    Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 2010
  • Methods dentists use to diagnose primary caries lesions prior to restorative treatment: findings from The Dental PBRN
    Journal of Dentistry. 2010
  • Pay-for-performance in dentistry: what we know
    Journal for Healthcare Quality. 2010
  • Preferences for caries prevention agents in adult patients: findings from the dental practice-based research network
    Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. 2010
  • Reasons for placement of restorations on previously unrestored tooth surfaces by dentists in The Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2010
  • Restorative treatment thresholds for occlusal primary caries among dentists in the dental practice-based research network
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2010
  • Use of caries-preventive agents in children: findings from the dental practice-based research network
    Oral health & preventive dentistry. 2010
  • Dentists in practice-based research networks have much in common with dentists at large: evidence from the Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    General Dentistry. 2009
  • How dentists diagnose and treat defective restorations: evidence from the dental practice-based research network
    Operative Dentistry. 2009
  • Practices participating in a dental PBRN have substantial and advantageous diversity even though as a group they have much in common with dentists at large
    BMC oral health. 2009
  • Restorative treatment thresholds for interproximal primary caries based on radiographic images: findings from the Dental Practice-Based Research Network
    General Dentistry. 2009
  • Clinical inertia in dentistry: a review of the phenomenon
    Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice. 2008
  • Exploring the contributions of components of caries risk assessment guidelines
    Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. 2008
  • Oral health program preferences among pregnant women in a managed care organization
    Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 2008
  • The creation and development of the dental practice-based research network
    Journal of the American Dental Association. 2008
  • Outcomes associated with dentists' risk assessment
    Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. 2006
  • Antidepressant xerogenic medications and restoration rates
    Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. 2005
  • Editorial Article
  • Addressing knowledge gaps [editorial]
    Journal of the American Dental Association.  152. 2021
  • Engaging clinicians in research [editorial]
    Journal of the American Dental Association.  149. 2018
  • Chapter
  • Practice-based research in large group dental practices
    Clinical research in oral health. 2010
  • Conference Paper
  • De-implementing reliance on opioid analgesics to manage postoperative pain following dental extractions [symposium: Implementation Strategies to Reduce Opioid Use in Oral Health]
    2021
  • Current HPV prevention practices and attitudes in Minnesota dental clinics [poster: SCADA - Clinical Science/Public Health Research session]
    2020
  • Survival analysis of posterior composite restorations in National-Dental-PBRN practices [presentation: Clinical Trials I - Performance of Dental Restorations session]
    2020
  • Hearing the patient voice on pain management after dental extractions [poster: Dental Fear Pain and Anxiety session]
    2019
  • How do we support the decisions made by clinicians (CDS) to implement findings [symposium: The Future of Dentistry as Part of a Learning Health System]?
    2019
  • Like pulling teeth: designing clinical decision support to improve tobacco cessation in dental practice [poster: Dental Health Services Research session]
    2019
  • Ouch! Does going to the dentist hurt [poster: Dental Fear, Pain and Anxiety session]?
    2019
  • Outcomes for painful TMD patients in the National Dental PBRN [presentation: Orofacial Pain session]
    2019
  • Survival analysis of endodontically treated teeth in National-Dental-PBRN practices [keynote address: Clinical Trials I]
    2019
  • Repair/replacement and early failures of restorations: the National-Dental-PBRN [presenation]
    2013
  • Initial management for painful TMJD: a CONDOR Dental PBRN survey [presentation - abstract 3080]
    2011
  • A qualitative study of electronic dental record utilization
    2009
  • Restoration of non-carious defects by dental PBRN clinicians
    2009
  • Selection of dental materials by dental PBRN clinicians
    2009
  • Conference Poster
  • Concordance between restoration repair scenarios and actual treatment: National Dental-PBRN [poster]
    2014
  • Engaging professional organizations in the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network [poster]
    2014
  • Practitioner/practice characteristics associated with dental procedure use: National Dental PBRN [poster]
    2014
  • Sustainability and colleague influence of evidence-based change: National Dental PBRN [poster]
    2014
  • Concordance between clinical practice & published evidence: findings from the National Dental PBRN [poster]
    2013
  • Dental SimCare: building a simulation system to train dentists [poster]
    2013
  • Impact of incentive payments to improve treatment [poster]
    2013
  • Integrating medical and dental data to improve quality and safety of dental care [poster]
    2013
  • Costs and effects of employing dental therapists [poster]
    2012
  • Partners in practice-based research: the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network [poster]
    2012
  • The impact of participation in a PBRN on dental practice patterns [poster]
    2012
  • Effectiveness of computer-assisted guidance for tobacco dependence in dental offices: a randomized clinical trial [poster]
    2011
  • Effectiveness of using e-health records to improve dental care for medically compromised patients [poster]
    2011
  • Will dental providers use a computer-assisted guidance tool to support tobacco interventions [poster]?
    2011
  • Comparative effectiveness of provider activation strategies using electronic health records to improve quality and safety of dental care for patients with medical conditions [poster]
    2010
  • presentations
    Presentation
  • A multi-site virtual data warehouse to support oral-systematic research [presentation]
  • Actual versus reported caries restorative thresholds by dental PBRN dentists [presentation]
  • Advancing your practice with the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network [presentation]
  • An analysis of the content of three electronic dental records [presentation]
  • Building a Practice-Based Research Network through partnership [presentation]
  • Building partnerships and collaborations for change and innovation [presentation]
  • Caries prevention for adults and children: dental PBRN findings [presentation]
  • Caries prevention regimens: usage by sub-groups of dental PBRN dentists [presentation]
  • Caries risk assessment in child patients by dental PBRN dentists [presentation]
  • Characteristics of enamel lesion restorations placed by dental PBRN dentists [presentation]
  • Characteristics of questionable occlusal caries: from the National Dental PBRN [presentation]
  • Concordance between practice and evidence: The National Dental PBRN [presentation]
  • Concordance between questionnaire scenarios and actual treatment: The National Dental-PBRN [presentation]
  • Correlation due to clustering in ratings of caries lesions [presentations]
  • Current evidence: crown versus direct restoration to treat cracked tooth [presentation]
  • Dental providers use a computer-assisted tool to support tobacco interventions [presentation]
  • Dental therapist project convening [presentation]
  • Effectiveness of computer-assisted guidance for tobacco dependence in dental offices [presentation]
  • Effectiveness of computer-assisted guidance for tobacco dependence in dental offices [presentation]
  • Effectiveness of computer-assisted guidance for tobacco dependence in dental offices: a randomized clinical trial [presentation], Regional Oral and Systemic Health Conference
  • Electronic dental record use in the Dental Practice-Based Research Network [presentation]
  • Electronic dental records in research: from the National Dental PBRN [presentation]
  • Electronic health records improve care of patients with medical conditions [presentation]
  • Embedding user decision support preferences in an electronic dental record [presentation]
  • Feasibility of conducting large-scale endodontic research within The Dental PBRN [presentation]
  • Generating evidence relevant to practitioners and their patients [presentation], Friends of the NIDCR (National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research) Annual Conference and Awards
  • HealthPartners projects utilizing clinical decision support systems [presentation]
  • Impact of incentive payments to improve treatment performance [presentation]
  • Impact of participation in a PBRN on evidence-based treatment [presentation]
  • Introduction to the National Dental PBRN - research meets practice: involve your team, impress your patients, improve your profession! [presentation]
  • Introduction to the National Dental PBRN [presentation]
  • Introduction to the National Dental PBRN [presentation]
  • Introduction to the National Dental PBRN [presentation]
  • Introduction to the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (NDPBRN) [presentation]
  • Materials and longevity of repaired/replaced restorations: the National Dental PBRN [presentation]
  • Materials used to repair or replace restorations in Dental PBRN practices [presentation]
  • Methods used by DPBRN dentists to diagnose primary caries lesions [presentation]
  • OHIP-5 score reliability and validity in general dental practice [presentation]
  • Operations and characteristics of The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network [presentation]
  • Patient factors associated with reduction in caries risk and sealants [presentation]
  • Patients participation in a dental-PBRN study of satisfaction with care [presentation]
  • Peri-operative endodontic pain within The Dental Practice-Based Research Network [presentation]
  • Personalizing tobacco cessation utilizing clinic decision support [presentation]
  • Practice characteristics and restorative treatment thresholds among dental-PBRN dentists [presentation]
  • Practice type and treatment of existing restorations in the dental PBRN [presentation]
  • Practice-based research: generating evidence relevant to practitioners and their patients [presentation]
  • Predictors of material use: findings from the Dental PBRN [presentation]
  • Prevalence of questionable occlusal caries: findings from the Dental PBRN [presentation]
  • Randomized clinical trials: computer-assisted tool for tobacco dependence interventions [presentation]
  • Reason for repair or replacement of existing restorations in the Dental PBRN [presentation]
  • Restorative materials repaired or replaced in Dental PBRN practices [presentation]
  • Societal costs of inadequate access to oral health care [presentation]
  • Sources of clinical information among practitioners in the CONDOR PBRNs [presentation]
  • Supplementing online surveys with mailed option: the National Dental PBRN [presentation]
  • The National Dental PBRN: opportunities for faculty participation [presentation]
  • The factor structure of the Oral Health Impact Profile [presentation]
  • Treatment decision concordance for primary and secondary caries: the Dental-PBRN [presentation]
  • Treatment thresholds for occlusal and proximal lesions among DPBRN dentists [presentation]
  • Understanding the economics: updates on the latest economic research [presentation]
  • Use of and attitudes toward non-dentist providers: from the Dental-PBRN [presentation]
  • Workshop: Developing an implementation project for an effective tobacco intervention in dental offices (CATI: computer-assisted guidance for tobacco dependence interventions in dental offices) [presentation]
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