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BDA research on burnout and dentists' well-being 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.

Following on from qualitative work the BDA undertook and published earlier this year, we are now inviting all UK dentists to take part in a survey to determine the prevalence of stress and burnout within the profession.

We are particularly interested in looking at the working conditions that can lead to stress and burnout in dentists and the impact this has on general well-being, health and patient care.


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Research objectives

The objectives of the survey are to

  • determine the prevalence of burnout in UK dentists
  • identify the sources of work-related stress dentists report in different fields of practice
  • understand the relationship between mental ill health, burnout, high job stress and working conditions among dentists
  • 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 well-​being of dentists at work.​

Research report 

The report of the qualitative research and the literature review is available on this page.


Further information and advice

If you have any questions or would like more information about our research in this area, then please contact Victoria Collin in the BDA Research Team at ​Victoria.Collin@bda.org

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·      To estimate how common mental health problems and burnout are among UK dentists

·      To understand the relationship between mental ill health, burnout, high job stress and working conditions among dentists, and how these relationships vary across the settings that dentists work in

·      To understand dentists’ experiences of mental ill health and burnout

·      To understand how such experiences impact on dentists’ work and career

·      To identify strategies for promoting emotional and mental well-being at work among dentists and for better supporting dentists who experience mental-health problems at work

·      To raise awareness of mental-health issues and the risk of burnout among UK dentists

·      To inform BDA work to promote the wellbeing of dentists at work and support those who experience burnout or mental health problems