PIRG 2011: impact of dental practice-based research networks on patient care

The overarching goal of DPBRN is to impact the practice of dentistry and improve patient care. A critical issue is assessing whether the research conducted is achieving this goal. The three NIDCR-funded PBRNs (DPBRN, NWPRECEDENT, and PEARL), collectively known as the “Collaboration on Networked Dental and Oral Health Research” (CONDOR), have developed a strategy for assessing the impact of practice-based dental research on the PBRN practices and on the practice of dentistry in general. The strategy involves the development and use of a core questionnaire that includes several questions from each PBRN that have been extracted from questionnaires previously administered as part of their initial research program activities. This project comprises the pre-planned second administration of this Core Questionnaire with the purpose of assessing dental practice changes that may have occurred since the first administration (DPBRN Study 16).