FAQs about our research program

– Research using dental records is important to improve health care for patients like you.

– Research supports Apple Tree’s mission to overcome barriers to oral health.

– Apple Tree wants you to know that its data is used for research.

– Minnesota is the only state that requires permission to use patient records for research.  (This is outlined in Minnesota statute 144.295.)

– Apple Tree Dental is always required to protect the privacy of your health information, whether or not you give permission for it to be used for research.

– Apple Tree Dental and its research partners follow applicable privacy laws.  Your name and other identifying information are NEVER part of research publications.

– When applicable, research projects are approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).  The IRB is a group of doctors, nurses, and citizens that review each research study to ensure that patient information is kept private and protected.

– You may change your mind at any time.

– To revoke your consent, send a written request to:
Apple Tree Dental
ATTN: Research Department
2442 Mounds View Blvd,
Mounds View, MN 55112

– Information about your characteristics, such as age, health conditions, and dental care, may be used for research.

– Apple Tree works with qualified health researchers whose goal is to advance oral health.

– Examples include the Mayo Clinic’s Rochester Epidemiology Project and the Center for Health Care Workforce Studies.

– Selected research projects are posted on our website.