Role of time pressure on dentists’ diagnostic decision making

How well do you perform under time pressure? 

Previous research suggests that dentist experience stress in their working lives, and time pressure is one of the most frequently cited stressor factors. There is conflicting evidence in the medical literature on how this time pressure may affect doctor’s diagnostic and treatment decisions. However, there is no published research in which the performance of dentists under time pressure has been evaluated.

We are conducting a research study aiming to explore the impact of time pressure on dentists’ decision making when viewing dental radiographs. We are looking for dental practitioners who are currently engaged in treating dental patients in a primary dental care setting (general dental practice) to take part in the study.


More about the study

Participation in the study will give you an opportunity to explore how you perform under time pressure and reflect on your daily practice. Should you wish to find out more about the study and may be considering contributing to the understanding of how time pressure may affect dentists’ diagnostic decision making please read the information below and contact the researcher ( 

This research study has granted approval by the Plymouth University Research Ethics Committee.

Participant information sheet.

About the researcher 

Anastasios Plessas 

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

I am a dentist currently undertaking a research master’s degree about the impact of stress on the practice of dentistry.

My supervisors are: