Attitudes, Awareness and Perceptions on Evidence Based Dentistry and Scientific Publications Among Dental Professionals in the County of Halland, Sweden: A Questionnaire Survey

Swed Dent J. 2007;31(3):113-20.


The objective was to identify dental professionals' attitudes and awareness on evidence based dentistry (EBD), and to elucidate perceived barriers and views on how to move towards EBD. A questionnaire was sent to 290 dental professionals (dental hygienists, general dentists, specialist dentists) in the county of Halland, Sweden. The questionnaire consisted of closed questions and free text sections, related to attitudes, awareness and skills on databases, EBD, and terms related to scientific publications, as well as perceived barriers towards EBD. A majority of the respondents had a welcoming attitude towards EBD. The respondents perceived their colleagues less positive towards EBD. The respondents considered EBD, at least partly, useful in daily dental practice. With the exception of general dentists in private practice, a vast majority of the dental professionals thought that EBD would improve the care of their patients. Dental professionals in the county of Halland, in Sweden, had a welcoming attitude towards EBD, and indicated an open attitude for learning more about interpretation of evidence from scientific publications. The most commonly perceived barriers towards EBD, were 'lack of time' and 'poor availability of evidence'.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Clinical Competence
  • Databases, Bibliographic
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dentistry* / standards
  • Dentists
  • Education, Dental, Continuing
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Female
  • General Practice, Dental / education
  • General Practice, Dental / standards
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Periodicals as Topic
  • Private Sector
  • Public Sector
  • Publishing*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Sweden