|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 28, 2001
John Bowersox, NIH/OMAR
Jody Dove, NIDCR
More Rigorous Studies Needed to Advance Emerging Dental Caries Diagnostic
and Management Strategies, Says NIH Consensus Panel
- studies of dental caries in the population that collect information on natural history, treatment, and outcomes in all age groups
- studies of diagnostic methods, including established and new devices and techniques
- clinical trials of established and new treatment methods that conform to contemporary standards of design, implementation, and analysis
- systematic research on caries risk assessment
- studies of clinical practice including effectiveness, quality of care, outcomes, health-related quality of life, and appropriateness of care
- genetic studies to identify genes and genetic markers of diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic value
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the NIH Office of Medical Applications of Research sponsored the conference. Cosponsors included the National Institute on Aging and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The full NIH Consensus Statement on Diagnosis and Management of Dental Caries Throughout Life is available by calling 1-888-NIH-CONSENSUS (1-888-644-2667) or by visiting the NIH Consensus Development Program Web site at http://consensus.nih.gov. (The panel's draft statement will be posted to the Web by the evening of March 28 or morning of March 29.)
The consensus statement is the report of an independent panel and is not a policy statement of the NIH or the Federal Government. The NIH Consensus Development Program was established in 1977 to resolve in an unbiased manner controversial topics in medicine. To date, NIH has conducted 115 such conferences addressing a wide range of controversial medical issues important to health care providers, patients, and the general public.
The AHRQ-supported evidence-based review, Diagnosis and Management of Dental Caries: A Summary," is available at http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/dentsumm.htm. Printed copies are available for free from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 8547, Silver Spring, MD 20907 (tel: 800/358-9295) and by calling AHRQ InstantFAX (301) 504-2800 from a telephone-equipped facsimile machine.
An extensive bibliography of dental caries research papers, prepared by the National Library of Medicine, is available in the Web at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/cbm/dental_caries.html.
Note to TV Editors:
The news conference at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 will be broadcast live via satellite on the following coordinates: Telstar 6, Transponder 21; C-Band; Download Frequency=4120 vertical; Polarity=93 Degrees West. (Test time 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.)
Note to Radio Editors:
An audio report of the conference results will be available after 4 p.m. March 28, 2001 from the NIH Radio News Service by calling 1-800-MED-DIAL (1-800-633-3425).
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