Dentists’ perceptions of their clinical roles

How do you view your professional role as a dentist?

Research suggests that dentists have varying perceptions of their own role in dentistry and the roles of dentists who work in other areas of primary dental care. This may be important as it could help to explain why there can be variations in how patient referrals are managed within primary care. However, there is no published research in which dentists have been asked for their viewpoints about the subject.

We are conducting a research study which gives dentists a unique opportunity to take part in interviews about their perceptions and experiences of professional roles and referrals within primary dental care. The aim of this study is to generate understanding about what it means to be a dentist in primary care and how that may influence the use of referral services.

About the researcher

Zoe Allen
Academic Clinical Fellow in Primary Dental Care
Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

I am a dentist currently undertaking a PhD about dentists’ roles and the referral pathways within primary dental care. This research is part of my doctoral studies at Plymouth University. 

 My supervisors are:

Zoe Allen