The views of dentists on their participation in a primary care-based research trial

L. Hopper, A. Aspinall, I. C. Mackie, F. A. Blinkhorn

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    Aims: To determine the attitudes and opinions of dentists undertaking research in primary care dental practices, about the value of research in primary care. Method: The data were collected during a face-to-face interview utilising a schedule of open and closed questions, which were used to guide the interview. Results: Twenty-seven of the 40 primary care dentists (67.5%) who had participated in a five-year primary care clinical trial completed the interview. All the respondents believed that primary care research was important and should be of relevance to their practice, but only 12 (44%) thought it was important they carried out this research. The majority (96%) of respondents felt it did not pay financially to do research as a primary care practitioner and 12 (44%) thought research in primary care was too time consuming, but 25 (92%) were prepared to get involved in a primary care research group. Five (56%) salaried service (SS) practitioners and 14 (78%) general dental services (GDS) dentists felt they did not have enough experience, skills or knowledge to conduct their own research. Significantly more salaried dentists compared with GDS dentists felt adequately supported to do primary care research. Conclusion: Future research in primary care should be focused on topics primary care practitioners feel of use to their clinical practice. A method of funding practitioners and providing time for them to complete research away from their clinical duties is necessary. There is a need for collaborative working with an academic institution, which can provide training and academic support for practitioners. © 2008 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)E4
    JournalBritish Dental Journal
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2008


    • Adult
    • Attitude of Health Personnel
    • Clinical Trials as Topic
    • economics: Dental Research
    • psychology: Dentists
    • economics: Evidence-Based Medicine
    • Female
    • statistics & numerical data: General Practice, Dental
    • Humans
    • Male
    • Middle Aged
    • Primary Health Care
    • Research Support as Topic


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