Major study into stress and burnout in dentistry

02 October, 2017 / infocus
 

The BDA alongside researchers from the University of Cardiff have launched a major online study into stress and burnout within the profession of dentistry.

The survey aims to shed light on factors such as working conditions and identify the prevalence of occupational stress and burnout among UK dentists, and the impact this has on general health and wellbeing.

The survey is open to all dentists across the UK and will also explore whether there are notable differences across the fields of practice.

We need hard data on the extent of stress and burn out in the profession and also the factors that place dentists at risk, so that we can better help them before they reach this point.

Mick Armstrong

The BDA says that it wants to build on its existing body of research to raise awareness of the risk factors of burnout among dentists in all four countries in the UK. The dentists’ trade union also wants to identify ways in which to promote the well-being of dentists at work and better support dentists who are experiencing mental ill health.

The results of the survey will help to inform the BDA on future research and policy development. It takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, and respondents could win a £100 Marks and Spencer gift voucher for taking part.

The association insists that all information provided will be treated confidentially, and the survey will be taken anonymously. Respondents’ names will not be asked, and the BDA will not be able to identify you from the information given. Only the research team (at the BDA and the University of Cardiff) will have access to the data.

BDA chair Mick Armstrong, said: “The BDA is well aware of the numerous stresses and strains on dentists’ working lives, and in some instances this can push people over the edge.

“We need hard data on the extent of stress and burn out in the profession and also the factors that place dentists at risk, so that we can better help them before they reach this point.

“The BDA is also concerned by the dearth of support services for dentists who are stressed out and are working with others to close this gap.”

To take part in the survey, visit http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/burnout/

 

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