FAQS About Our Research Program

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Apple Tree Dental's Research department is led by Dr. Lyubov Slashcheva, Research Director.

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Research at Apple Tree dental
Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Apple Tree doing research?

  • 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.

Why do I need to sign a consent form?

  • 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.)

How does Apple Tree protect my privacy?

  • 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.

Can I change my mind about whether my information is used for research?

  • You can change your mind at any time.
  • To revoke your consent, send a written request to the address below.

Apple Tree Dental

ATTN: Research Department

2442 Mounds View Blvd

Mounds View, MN 55112

What kind of information does Apple Tree use in research?

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

Who does Apple Tree work with on 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.

Where can I read about the research you do?

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