The CATs out of the bag! CATs and Evidence-Based Dentistry.
Dr. Pallavi Parashar, Oral Pathologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences has taken her research interests in Oral pathology and made research opportunities accessible to undergraduate dental students. As a research mentor, Dr. Parashar has recently mentored dental students to publish Critically Appraised Topic (CAT) review articles. CATs critique the best available evidence in the literature and apply them to a focused question through a peer-review process (cat.uthscsa.edu). CATs summarize if the research supports, refutes, or is insufficient in addressing a specific question. Student Researchers Amana Farrkh, and Meenachi Sellappan have both successfully published CAT reviews regarding antibiotic prophylaxis in organ transplant patients, the treatment of recurrent herpes labialis, and recurrent minor aphthous stomatitis. Under Dr. Parashar’s mentorship, students are able to address how dental practitioners can better treat their patients based on what is supported by scientific evidence. If you are interested in publishing CATs or interested in the research in Oral Pathology, please contact Dr. Parashar for more details.
The scope of Dentistry is quite large! How does oral health reflect systemic health? Clues and hints can be seen by the shrewd practitioner and can lead to a definitive diagnosis of oral and systemic pathology: The incidence of head and neck cancers (HNCs) are continuing to rise; however, the prognosis of HNCs remains poor. Dental Hygienists and Dentists are at the forefront of detecting HNCs. Dr. Pallavi Parashar has helped students by demonstrating and teaching the importance of head and neck exams on all our patients. Through early detection, evidence based practice, and research, we can improve patient care.