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Willingness of general dental practices in South East London to engage with research

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Marwah Afeef, Caillin Redican, Eduardo Bernabé

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e118
JournalPrimary health care research & development
Published24 Jul 2019

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This study assessed the willingness of general dental practices (GDPs) to participate in research. All 263 GDPs in South East London that provide dental care under National Health Service (NHS) contracts were invited. The survey instrument was adapted from previous studies and piloted before administration. Geographical factors and practice characteristics associated with willingness to participate in research were explored in logistic regression models. A total of 77 responses were received (response rate: 29%). Of them, 40 (53%) expressed interest in being involved in primary care research. They saw their main role as collecting data and facilitating access to patients. Time, bureaucracy and lack of energy were the main reasons behind a decision not to engage with research. Those spending more time in NHS services were more likely to be willing to participate in research. Other possible indicators were single-handed GDPs, participation in the dental foundation training programme and location in more affluent areas.

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