GDC surveys satisfaction levels and attitudes toward regulation

  • Date: 22 December 2011

A survey of dental patients has found a 95 per cent satisfaction level with dental treatment among patients.

Two independent opinion surveys were commissioned by the GDC targeting both dental professionals and patients and the public looking into issues surrounding the regulation of dentistry and the standards of treatment.

Among the reported results 65 per cent of patients had visited a dentist in the last 12 months and 70 per cent were very or fairly confident that if they needed to make a complaint it would be resolved fairly whether by the GDC or another appropriate body.

A majority of registrants (68 per cent) are confident that the GDC is an effective regulator and many identify with the GDC’s aims and agree that the organisation protects the patient (80 per cent), has a clear regulatory role (72 per cent) and is trustworthy (66 per cent).

The survey found that 48 per cent of dental professionals believe the level of regulation as a whole is about right but 39 per cent said it is too much.

The survey results are being fed into the GDC’s wider review of its Standards for dental professionals guidance.

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