Network hosts program course at ADA meeting

The annual meeting of the American Dental Association is one of the largest dental conferences in the world. This year the meeting was held in San Antonio, TX, near the administrative site of the Southwest Region of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN).   The National Dental PBRN was honored to offer a program course for the first time since its establishment as a nation-wide collaborative effort. Network and practitioner representatives engaged an audience of both members and non-members in a 2.5 hour sold out presentation titled: “Practice-Based Research: How Can It Help My Practice?” Part of the presentation included a lively 1-hour discussion during which practitioners discussed the presentations and reflected on how conducting studies relevant to daily practice can help improve the practice of dentistry.

Dr. Dena Fischer, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) program director for the network, opened up the presentation with an overview and history of the network. The attendees then heard from Dr. Paul Benjamin, a network member and general practitioner in Miami, FL, about the importance of practice-based research and about the latest results from a recently completed Isolation Techniques study.   Dr. Walter Manning, also a member and general dentist in Albany, OR then gave an overview of the Cracked Tooth Registry study, reviewed preliminary pilot study results and discussed his experiences conducting the study in his own practice. Southwest Region Director, Dr. Thomas Oates, then joined the presenters to help facilitate one of the discussion groups. Attendees broke into facilitated groups and had fun delving deeper into the two studies presented and reflected on how the results may impact their own practices.   Dr. Gregg Gilbert, the network director, closed out the presentation by discussing what studies to expect next from the network. The presentation was full of energy and valuable insight was gained by both the audience and network members.