The objectives of this proposal are (1) to establish, evaluate and disseminate the results of a comprehensive program that will strengthen the role of science at all levels of the curriculum at the UTHSCSA Dental School and (2) to translate current scientific findings into clinical practice. The approach employs collaboration of students, faculty and dental practitioners in the preparation of Critically Appraised Topics (CATs) and the development of a searchable online library of high quality (i.e., informative CATs). A key component of our CATs initiative is the involvement of clinical, basic and behavioral science faculty, dental advanced education residents and private practice dentists in the supervision and review of CATs prepared by our dental students. This involvement provides a mechanism to inform faculty, residents and practicing dentists of recent scientific discoveries and the best clinical research on issues of high clinical relevance. The program includes a formal faculty development program on evidence-based practice, which will emphasize the preparation and use of CATs. The program will be coordinated with the school's well-established, NIDCR funded, Institutional Research Training Program (T32) with the aim of enhancing interest in dental research and increasing the flow of students into these programs and leading into academic careers in the oral sciences. We hypothesize that this comprehensive, school-wide collaboration among students, faculty and practicing dentists in the preparation and review of CATs will strengthen skills associated with critical appraisal of the literature and foster the more rapid integration of research findings in both the dental school curriculum and private dental practice. A comprehensive outcomes assessment plan of the project's five specific aims will determine if the hypothesis is viable. The long-range plan is to make the searchable CATs Library available to all practicing dentists. In the future, the CATs Library will be open to the public. These long-range plans will help resolve the problem of science transfer and dissemination.

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National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
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King, Lynn M
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University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
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Cowan, Traci; Tripathy, Devjit; Oates, Thomas (2016) CAT OF THE MONTH. Critically Appraised Topics. Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) as an Adjunct to Scaling and Root Planning does not improve Periodontal Conditions in Type II Diabetic Patients with Chronic Periodontitis (UT CAT #2879). Tex Dent J 133:18
Middleton, Gary; Diogenes, Anibal (2015) CAT OF THE MONTH. Preemptive Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs Increases the Success Rate of Inferior Alveolar Nerve Blocks in Mandibular Posterior Teeth with Symptomatic Irreversible Pulpitis UT CAT #2807. Tex Dent J 132:358
Clifton, Corbin; Andry, James; Bryk, Clarence (2015) CAT OF THE MONTH. Critically Appraised Topics. The Cardiovascular Health Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Typically Outweigh the Risk of Tooth Movement and Malocclusion (UT CAT #2808). Tex Dent J 132:903
Attia, Monica; Sukumar, Pooja; Wright, Edward F (2015) CAT OF THE MONTH. Critically Appraised Topics. Replacing Missing Molars with Removable Prosthesis Does Not Reduce or Prevent TMD Pain (UT CAT #2806). Tex Dent J 132:166
Patel, Krishna; Troendle, Karen (2015) Zirconia with Aluminum Oxide Sandblasting Treatment Followed by MDP-containing Primer has Greater Bond Strength than Zirconia with No Surface Treatment (UT CAT # 2812). Tex Dent J 132:527
Gerogianni, Petrina; Chrepa, Vanessa; Haney, Stephan (2015) CAT OF THE MONTH. Critically Appraised Topics. Time of Post Space Preparation Affects the Amount of Coronal Microleakage in Endodontically Treated Teeth When a Resin Sealer Is Used (UT CAT #2773). Tex Dent J 132:302
Patel, Supriya; Veilleux, Leigh; Wright, Edward F (2015) CAT OF THE MONTH. Critically Appraised Topics. Gabapentin Is as Effective as an Occlusal Appliance in Controlling Nighttime Masticatory EMG Activity (UT CAT #2762). Tex Dent J 132:12
Faltys, David; Roberts, John; Cervantes Mendez, Maria-Jose (2015) CAT OF THE MONTH. Critically Appraised Topics. Preventive Dental Programs Initiated During Pregnancy Are Effective in Reducing the Incidence of Severe Early Childhood Caries (UT CAT # 2680). Tex Dent J 132:98
Laughinhouse, Megan; Hasegawa, Satoko; Lemke, Kelly (2015) CAT OF THE MONTH. Critically Appraised Topics. No Relationship Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Premolar Extraction (UT CAT #2917). Tex Dent J 132:970
Luke, Harrison; MacNeill, Barbara (2015) CAT OF THE MONTH. Critically Appraised Topics. Occlusal Overload May Contribute to Late Implant Failure in Patients with Anterior Dental Implants (UT CAT #2647). Tex Dent J 132:238

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