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Evidence-Informed Practice Consultation

This consultation page is intended for registered dental hygienists and current dental hygiene students to provide feedback.

To see the list of currently open consultations, return to the main Standards of Practice Consultation Page.

This feedback form will be open until 9 am on Monday, July 4. Feedback will be used to shape and revise the draft Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

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All questions below are optional. Any feedback entered in the form will remain anonymous unless you choose to provide identifying information. Responses will be reported to the College using an aggregate form. Any e-mail addresses collected for the purpose of future notifications will be separated from reporting of the consultation feedback.

Feedback may not be considered for review if it:

  • is unrelated to the Standard or Principle under consultation;
  • contains identifying information that may identify a third party;
  • is abusive, obscene, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate.

To help us gauge the breadth of diversity of registered dental hygienists and students responding, the feedback form includes optional questions about professional practice context and demographics.

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  • Before you begin providing feedback, review the Standard of Practice and take note of any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.
  • Be specific and provide as much detail and context to your feedback as possible. There are no word limits on the response boxes. 
  • If you begin the feedback form and are unable to complete it in the same session, your responses will not be saved.
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Evidence-Informed Practice Draft Standard of Practice

Click to view the Evidence-Informed Practice draft Standard of Practice in PDF form.

Standard Statement

The dental hygienist seeks, promotes, supports, and incorporates an evidence-informed approach in their practice.

Performance Expectations

The dental hygienist must…

1. Access and critically evaluate current, credible, and relevant evidence from the best available reliable sources.
2. Apply appropriate evidence when providing dental hygiene services, using critical thinking and professional judgment.
3. Support decisions with evidence-based rationale.
4. Seek and assess new research, knowledge, and emerging trends to determine applicability to practice.
5. Recommend or provide only those services that are appropriate and beneficial for the client and that are consistent with the client’s informed consent.
6. Refrain from recommending services, products, or treatments that have been proven to be ineffective through rigorous, peer-reviewed evidence.
7. Evaluate their practice in terms of client outcomes, and modify approaches based on this self-reflective process.
8. Integrate evidence and best practices when developing or reviewing organizational policies

Client Expectation

The client can expect that the dental hygiene services they receive are informed by the best available current evidence, client needs, and the personal knowledge, skills, and experience of the dental hygienist.

Glossary

Evidence-Informed Approach
A formalized process which involves identifying, searching for, and interpreting the result of the best available evidence to inform decision-making processes.

Informed Consent
Receiving the client’s permission to proceed with a proposed service following a process of decision-making leading to an informed choice. Informed consent involves ongoing communication between the parties involved. In the case of a minor or others who do not have the capacity to provide informed consent, the agreement must come from a legal guardian or substitute decisionmaker legally authorised to act on behalf of a client.

Recommend
To suggest a course of action or drug therapy to a client based on professional expertise and assessed client need.

Reliable Sources
For example, scholarly peer-reviewed journals, systematic reviews, clinical and best practice guidelines.

Evidence-Informed Practice Feedback Form

Demographic Questions

Standard of Practice Feedback