In order to protect the public by regulating the dental team, we need to listen and understand the views of the public, patients and registrants. We draw upon these views to make policy and decisions on the basis of the best available evidence

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Listening to your views

We use a range of research and consultation methods to produce robust evidence and to reach as wide and diverse audience as possible.

These include: 

  • Publishing a consultation document on our website where you can let us know your view on key policies and procedures. The document which provides background to the issue, sets out the purpose of the consultation, and explains how to respond, via a questionnaire and the deadline for a response. 
  • Representative research surveys of patients, public and registrants which produce reliable evidence about what you think.
  • Focus groups and workshops to enable in depth and deliberative discussion of issues and to target sections of the general and registrant population not reached by other consultation methods.
  • Providing opportunities for feedback and open calls for ideas on key issues. 

Research library

Our research library contains reports, survey results and other information which we have used in our policy development and strategic decisions.

If you have questions about the research please get in touch.​​​


Research downloads


Research into a shared understanding of professionalism

We have been working with dental professionals and patients to come to a shared understanding of professionalism in dentistry today. ...

Stakeholder perceptions

GDC stakeholder perceptions research

We commissioned work from DJS Research to identify and better understand the perceptions and communication preferences of our key stakeholders ...

Review and mapping of basic dental training in EU Member States

As the transitional period of UK's exit from the EU was coming to an end and with it the arrangements ...

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Dentistry: A Rapid Evidence Assessment

Here you will find the results of a rapid evidence assessment, of work published since 2006, to better understand the ...