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Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Oslo, Norway
Researcher, Oral Health Centre of Expertise in Eastern Norway



Integrating research and clinical practice in dentistry

During the last decades there has been increased focus on evidence-based practice in dentistry. Both clinicians and health authorities are now expected to use the best available evidence when making decisions concerning the most appropriate methods for management of oral diseases and conditions. However, there is a substantial time lag in translation of effective new treatments and approaches to everyday patient care. Increasing involvement of clinicians into all stages of research may be one of the ways to facilitate this translation. The present lecture will focus on practice-based studies in dentistry, with the main emphasis on challenges and possibilities in carrying out such studies.




Rasa Skudutyte-Rysstad is researcher at Oral Health Centre of Expertise of Eastern Norway and Associate Professor at the Department of Cariology and Gerodontology at Faculty of Dentistry, University of Oslo, Norway.

She graduated as a dentist from the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and received her MSc and PhD from the University of Oslo, Norway. Her current research interests are epidemiology and risk indicators of oral diseases, evidence-based dentistry and inequalities in oral health. She is involved in planning and implementation of practice-based clinical studies in the Public Dental Service in Eastern Norway. Besides research, she is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of dentists and dental hygienists.