CE Hours: 1.5

Seq#108 - Qualitative Evidence Synthesis–Why & How?

Background: Evidence based practice involves the use of the “best external evidence” to inform clinical decision making. The published evidence used to underpin clinical guidelines is almost exclusively quantitative. However, evidence based dentistry for older people should also take account of patients’ views, preferences and priorities.

A qualitative evidence synthesis of relevant studies can provide specific information about the many issues that need to be taken into account. Although there are many hundreds of published qualitative evidence syntheses that can be used for clinical guidelines, there are relatively few available for dentistry.

- Welcome (2 minutes) – Professor Paula Moynihan
- Three brief introductory talks (each 5 minutes)
● Implementation evidence - a plea for fore thought by Professor Paul Brocklehurst
● How dental professionals use evidence in their practical decision-making, Dr Dominic Hurst
● Exemplar qualitative evidence synthesis in dentistry for older people, Dr Rebecca Wassall
- Facilitated round table discussions focussed on: How could qualitative evidence synthesis be utilised within the field of evidence based dentistry for older people? (40 minutes) – All workshop participants
- Conclusion & Actions (10 minutes) – Dr Rebecca Wassall

Learning Objectives:

  • Increased awareness of the importance of qualitative research evidence in developing successful clinical guidelines
  • A better understanding of how to use a qualitative evidence synthesis in addressing significant oral health issues in older people