BDA research on burnout and dentists' wellbeing at work
The BDA is carrying out research on burnout within the dental
profession and dentists’ well-being at work. The research will help to develop
strategies for reducing the risk of burnout within the profession and promoting
dentists’ mental well-being.
This research commenced in July 2015 and builds on earlier research by the BDA on work-related stress and dentists' working conditions.
The objectives of the research are to
- understand the relationship between mental ill health, burnout, high job stress and working conditions among dentists
- understand dentists' experiences of mental ill health, psychological distress, and burnout
- identify strategies for promoting emotional and mental wellbeing at work among dentists and for better supporting dentists who experience mental health problems at work
- raise awareness of mental health issues at work and the risk of burnout among UK dentists
- inform BDA work to promote the wellbeing of dentists at work
These objectives will be delivered through a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods.
Focus group discussions
In summer/autumn 2016, the BDA's Research Team undertook a series of five online focus groups with dentists working across the UK to explore a number of themes relating to burnout in the profession and mental health at work.
During 2016, the BDA's Research Team has also completed more than 20 semi-structured interviews with dentists who have experienced burnout, psychological distress at work, or mental
ill health and to learn more about the impact of these experiences.
Survey of BDA members
In the next stage of the project, BDA researchers plan to undertake a sample survey of
BDA members to investigate the links between working
conditions and the risk of burnout and mental ill health among dentists. This survey will take place in early 2017.
Review of evidence on burnout and dentists' mental health
The final element of the research involves a review of the existing evidence on burnout in the dental profession and dentists' mental health. This will also look at the evidence on interventions and what works in preventing burnout and improving dentists' wellbeing at work.
Further information and advice
If you have any questions or would like more information about our research in this area, then please contact Judy Larbie in the BDA Research Team at Judy.Larbie@bda.org
The BDA has identified sources of advice, guidance, and help for both managers and individuals experiencing stress, emotional distress, or difficulties at work - Advice for individuals and managers