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International Journal of Evidence-Based Practice for the Dental Hygienist
Int J Evidence-Based Practice Dent Hygienist 2 (2016), No. 4     5. Dec. 2016
Int J Evidence-Based Practice Dent Hygienist 2 (2016), No. 4  (05.12.2016)

Page 234-238


Quality Resources for Clinical Decision Making: Part 3. A Comparison Between Scaling and Root Planing and the Nd:YAG Laser in the Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Forrest, Jane L. / Gurenlian, JoAnn R.
This is the third article in a four-part series designed to help readers build skills in finding scientific evidence and in understanding how to use the evidence to make clinical decisions. This article builds on the previous illustration of using PubMed's Clinical Queries feature and finding clinical practice guidelines by providing a case scenario to demonstrate the efficiency of finding high levels of evidence and using it to make clinical decisions. This paper concludes with a clinical decision based on the scientific evidence discovered.

Keywords: clinical decision making, clinical practice guidelines, Nd:YAG laser, PubMed Clinical Queries, scaling and root planing