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Vol. 68, No. 10
ISSN: 1488-2159
November 2002


Are the Results of Dental Research Accessible to Canadian Dentists?


• Christophe Bedos, DCD, PhD •
• Paul Allison, BDS, FDSRCS, PhD •

A b s t r a c t

The aim of this joint CDA–IMHA study was to investigate what Canadian dentists think about the utility of dental research. A questionnaire was sent to all dentists in Canada with the December 2001 JCDA. By April 1, 2002, 2,788 questionnaires, representing a response rate of approximately 16%, had been returned. In this second article in a 3-part series, we address the theme of research accessibility. The study results show that while 75% of respondents think that research results are easily accessible, 90% would like them to be more accessible. For clinical dentists, the most important source of information about research is generalist dental journals ( JCDA in particular), while teachers/researchers prefer specialist journals. In addition, clinical dentists prefer to learn about research through clinical practice guidelines rather than conventional scientific reports.


MeSH Key Words: attitude of health personnel; dental research; dentists
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