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ORIGINAL HYPOTHESIS
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 146-150

Increased literacy of the best evidence base optimizes patient-clinician communication in convergent translational health care: Relevance for patient-centered modalities


1 Department of the Health Sciences, California State University (CSUN), Northridge; Division of Oral Biology and Medicine, Section of Oral Biology, University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles, California, USA
2 Division of Oral Biology and Medicine, Section of Oral Biology, University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles, California, USA
3 Department of the Health Sciences, California State University (CSUN), Northridge; Division of Oral Biology and Medicine, Section of Oral Biology, University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles, California; Evidence-Based Decisions Practice-Based Research Network, USA

Correspondence Address:
Francesco Chiappelli
Division of Oral Biology and Medicine, Section of Oral Biology, UCLA Center for the Health Sciences CHS 63-090, Los Angeles - 90095 1668, California
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2155-8213.170641

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Introduction: Dentistry in particular and biomedicine in general have undergone a fundamental transformation over the recent decades, which have been formalized by the Affordable Care Act, 2010. In brief, modern contemporary health care has evolved from procedure-driven and intervention-centered care based on research evidence to the administration and delivery of care that is patient-centered, effectiveness-focused, and that utilizes the best evidence base generated by systematic research synthesis (i.e., evidence-based). The present conceptualization of health care integrates translational research and translational effectiveness, and allows convergence of the multiple specialization fields of biomedicine (e.g., dentistry, internal medicine, and psychiatry) as well as the various medical traditions globally (i.e., Western, Ayurvedic, and Chinese medical traditions, etc.). The Hypothesis: Here, we propose the hypothesis that increased literacy of the best evidence base optimizes patient-clinician communication in the current convergent translational health care model including dental care. Evaluation of the Hypothesis: We discuss the salient points of this proposition, and outline the relevance of certain salient convergent patient-centered modalities of health care that intimately intertwine medicine and dentistry.


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