In late 2011, Dr. John O’Keefe, director of Knowledge Networks, called for volunteers to participate in the JCDA-OASIS project. The initial request was for help distilling clinical information into templates that would be integrated in the JCDA-OASIS electronic platform. We are condensing critical clinical information into “1-, 2-, or 3-minute consults” (depending on the category) that can be quickly retrieved and easily understood. The consults will assist dentists in their everyday practice.
We have been pleasantly surprised to have a number of dentists from Canada and around the world enthusiastically respond to our call for support in this endeavour. However, we continuously seek volunteers to develop additional clinical information packages.
We are looking for individual and groups of dentists, specialists, general physicians, predental students, and people with a background in basic sciences or life sciences to be part of this exciting project. You can contribute valuable knowledge to the dental profession while enjoying a learning experience that mirrors knowledge gathering in clinical practice.
Here are examples of the categories where we are seeking volunteers. In addition, sample templates are included to show the type of information packets we are creating.
Distill information into templates related to medical conditions that have an impact on dental treatment.
Review existing templates of medical condition consults for accuracy, completeness, and quality.
Medical Condition Topics
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Leading to Stem Cell Transplant
Allergies (Analgesics, LA, rubber products)
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Attention deficit disorder
Congenital Heart Defects
Coronary artery disease
Developmental Delay (General)
Organ and bone marrow transplantation
Peptic ulcer disease
Radiation-treated patients (Radiation to Head & Neck)
Sexually Transmitted diseases
Orthopedic joint replacements
Rheumatic heart disease
Medical condition template
Complete templates on drugs that are taken by patients and which have an impact on dental treatment.
Distill information into templates on drugs that are prescribed by dentists.
Distill information into templates on drugs that have an impact on oral health.
Review completed prescription drug templates for accuracy, completeness, and quality.
Prescription drug template
Distill information into oral pathology templates.
Suggest questions, problems, and clinical solutions for oral pathologies encountered in practice.
Review completed pathology templates for accuracy, completeness, and quality.
Distill information into medical and dental emergency templates.
Generate questions and possible treatment solutions for emergency situations that are encountered in the dental office.
Suggest additional medical emergencies that may be encountered in the dental office.
Review completed medical and dental emergency templates for accuracy, completeness, and quality.
Medical Emergency topics
Altered Sensations / Changes in Affect
Asthmatic Attack / Bronchospasm
Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
Infective Endocarditis and Prosthetic Implants
Hypoglycemia (Insulin Shock)
Loss of Consciousness
Local Anesthetic Overdose
Management of Acute Bleeding
Medications with Elevated Incidence of Hypersensitivity Reactions
Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens
Postural (Orthostatic) Hypotension
Probiotics to Reduce Gastric Symptoms during Long-Term Antibiotic Therapy
Urticaria or Pruitus
Medical emergency template
Dental emergencies and urgent care scenarios
Distill information into urgent care scenario templates.
Review completed urgent care scenario templates for accuracy, completeness, and quality.
Suggest additional urgent care scenarios.
Suggest questions and possible treatment solutions for urgent care scenarios.
Urgent care scenario template
Fracture (with or without fragments) of a removable prosthesis (base/metallic components/artificial teeth)
Fracture of the abutment tooth of a removable or a fixed prosthesis
Fracture (with or without fragments) of a fixed prosthesis
Bleeding under/adjacent to prosthesis
Soreness under/adjacent to prosthesis
Pain under/adjacent to prosthesis
Swelling under/adjacent to prosthesis
Discoloration under/adjacent to prosthesis
Patient has lost the temporary restoration
Suggest questions/problems encountered while performing a composite restoration.
Suggest possible solutions for these questions/problems.
In Phase 1 of JCDA-OASIS, clinical information will be presented exclusively in English. However, we would like to provide a bilingual decision support service. As such, we are seeking volunteers to help translate our templates and documents into French. If you are interested in helping in this area, please contact us.
We plan to include multiple media formats in the next phases of the JCDA-OASIS project. If you are experienced in producing audio, video, or other media products and would like to be part of our project, please contact us to explore exciting opportunities for collaboration.
If you would like to participate in the JCDA-OASIS project, or send your suggestions, questions, or feedback, please contact:
Dr. Chiraz Guessaier
JCDA-OASIS Project Manager