Performance Improvement 2009. Can We Evaluate Electronic Communications Networks for Oral Health?

01/01/2009

This evaluability assessment documented the readiness of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Dental Practice-Based Research Network Program for a comprehensive evaluation. NIDCR created the Network program in response to the lack of research data to guide treatment decisions in dental practice, in order to establish practice-based research networks that would investigate with greater scientific rigor the everyday issues in the delivery of oral healthcare.

The Network program was found to be sufficiently well implemented and stable so that a comprehensive evaluation could be planned and undertaken. A plan for the evaluation was developed. Researchers advised that an evaluation include several process and outcome components: dissemination of research findings, translation of research findings to community practices, and changes in community dental practices.

Report Title: NIDCR Dental Practice-Based Research Network Program (Dental PBRN); Report may be obtained from Federal Contact
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Sue Hamann 301-594-4849

Performer: Dennis Gehley and Associates
PIC ID: 9043

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