Rapid Disruptions: Understanding the Dental Information Networks around Alternative Nicotine Products and Other Clinical Needs Relevant to Patient Health and Health


This study will characterize and examine the structure, content, and pathways of clinical information in the dental information ecosystem. It will also give attention to disruptive events that impact knowledge and information diffusion through a focus on alternative nicotine products (ANPs). The study will address the clinical information-seeking networks (both formal and informal) of dentists and hygienists.
This is a multi-methodological 39-month study that will be conducted in the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (National Dental PBRN). The study will involve one round of survey implementation, on-going bibliometric data collection and web scraping, as well as one round of feedback interviews/focus groups via video conference and/or at regional Dental PBRN meetings.