Journal of Applied Oral Science
Print version ISSN 1678-7757
HOLMGREN, Christopher J. and FIGUEREDO, Márcia Cançado. Two decades of ART: improving on success through further research. J. Appl. Oral Sci. [online]. 2009, vol.17, n.spe, pp.122-133. ISSN 1678-7757. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1678-77572009000700020.
Since the introduction of the Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) approach over twenty years ago, more than 190 research publications have appeared. The last research agenda defining research priorities for ART was published in 1999. The objective of the present work was to review existing research in the context of future research priorities for ART. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An internet survey was conducted amongst those who had published on ART or were known to be working on the ART approach, to solicit their views as to areas of future ART research. Three broad categories were defined, namely: 1. Basic and laboratory research; 2. Clinical research, and, 3. Community, Public Health, Health Services Research. RESULTS: A 31% response rate was achieved. The study identified a number of new areas of research as well as areas where additional research is required. These are expressed as recommendations for future ART research. CONCLUSIONS: The ART approach is based on a robust, reliable and ever-growing evidence base concerning its clinical applications which indicates that it is a reliable and quality treatment approach. In common with all other oral health care procedures, targeted applied research is required to improve the oral health care offered.
Keywords : Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART); Developing countries; Dental caries; Health services research; Dental education; Cost effectiveness.