DCPs push the boundaries of research

DCPs push the boundaries of research

26 Jan 2011

PRECONCEPTIONS that DCPs do not, or cannot, undertake research were challenged at the Research Day for DCPS, which took place in November last year.

The event, run by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and the British Society for Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT), was attended by more than 50 DCPs who heard colleagues present the results of their research and discuss how to overcome barriers that prevent DCPs from engaging in research. The overall objective of the event was to provide delegates with a better understanding of possible forms of research and where they can turn to for help.

Topics covered during the day included how to undertake retrospective studies and literature reviews, as well as DCP research as part of a PhD and concluded with delegates proposing potential new research topics. Despite a lack of funding for DCP research, many delegates stated that they felt inspired to pursue their research interests. To build on the success of the event, a third research day is already planned for 2011.

Ario Santini, Chair of Research at the FGDP(UK), said, “This was a truly inspirational day. I am fully behind any venture which encourages and facilitates the participation of DCPs in research and would urge any DCP wishing to progress with research to contact me or one of the two National Research facilitators (at FGDP(UK)).”