Practitioners’ guide to improving online searching and critical review of literature for clinical queries

This course will provide helpful guidelines for evaluating research to determine its quality level and provide tools to perform quality searches and synthesize information to transform evidence-based research into clinical practice.

3 CE Credits

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A peer-reviewed article written by Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH, MHA


Research investigates ideas and uncovers useful knowledge. Research can be corrupted with propaganda or bias, both of which lead to misrepresentation of information. This is harmful to healthcare providers who unknowingly incorporate corrupt information into clinical practice. This course will provide helpful guidelines for evaluating research to determine its quality level and provide tools to perform quality searches and synthesize information to transform evidence-based research into clinical practice.

Educational objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:

1.    Identify quality studies based on design parameters.

2.    Interpret and critically analyze research and become a more informed consumer of information.

3.    Differentiate between study designs to determine which ones yield more valid and reliable information.

4.    Perform quality online searches to access credible information through appropriate search engines.

Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH, MHA, graduated magma cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and a master’s degree in healthcare administration. She is a clinical educator for Dentsply Sirona. Lisa is a former dental hygiene program director and full-time professor. She has published more than 44 peer-reviewed continuing education courses and articles since 2006. She can be contacted through her website at

Author disclosure

The author has no affiliations with any company that would have a gained interest in the material published in this course. There was no corporate sponsor in the making of this course, and the author is not employed by a company that would stand to profit off the publication of this course. All research is presented in an unbiased manner.

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Course Includes

  • 6 Lessons
  • 1 Test
  • Course Certificate
  • CE credit(s): 3

    Course Type: Written

    Published Date: JULY 2020

    This continuing education (CE) activity was developed by Endeavor Business Media with no commercial support.

    This course was written for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, from novice to skilled.

    Educational methods: This course is a self-instructional journal and web activity.

    Provider disclosure: Endeavor Business Media neither has a leadership position nor a commercial interest in any products or services discussed or shared in this educational activity. No manufacturer or third party had any input in the development of the course content.

    Requirements for successful completion: To obtain 3 CE credits for this educational activity, you must pay the required fee, review the material, complete the course evaluation, and obtain an exam score of 70% or higher.

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    Educational disclaimer: Completing a single continuing education course does not provide enough information to result in the participant being an expert in the field related to the course topic. It is a combination of many educational courses and clinical experience that allows the participant to develop skills and expertise.

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    Scientific integrity statement: Information shared in this CE course is developed from clinical research and represents the most current information available from evidence-based dentistry.

    Known benefits and limitations of the data: The information presented in this educational activity is derived from the data and information contained in the reference section.

    Registration: The cost of this CE course is $39.00 for 3 CE credits.

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    Provider information:

    Dental Board of California: Provider RP5933. Course registration number CA code: 03-4527-15434. Expires JUNE 2023. “This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 3 units of continuing education.”


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