Making the Best Clinical Decisions for Patients: The Pros-CAT Protocol TM

Kent L. Knoernschild, Stephen D. Campbell

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The Pros-CAT protocol critical appraisal method uses accepted strategies to identify and summarize best evidence to support patient care through evidence-based analysis that includes assessing the patient; developing a concise clinical question; conducting a literature search to identify pertinent research; critically appraising the identified literature for validity, reliability, and applicability to the patient situation; synthesizing the literature into a meaningful conclusion using an organized method; and applying that synthesis to the patient's need. The Pros-CAT protocol is applicable for practicing clinicians, dental students, postgraduate students, and residents. The Pros-CAT index compares evidence strength for patient applicability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-296
Number of pages18
JournalDental clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Critical appraisal
  • Evidence-based
  • Harm
  • PICO
  • Prognosis
  • Pros-CAT
  • Systematic review
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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