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

Patients and the Public

2018/19 Patient and Public Survey

The 2018/19 Patient and Public Survey was undertaken on behalf of the GDC by Ipsos MORI. The research comprised a ...


Review of the literature on CPD - 2019

The GDC commissioned this review on CPD literature in 2018 to underpin the future development of CPD.
General Regulation

Survey of European Qualified Dental Professionals

​We commissioned this independent quantitative and qualitative research to ​explore the intentions of dental professionals who qualified in the European ...
Stakeholder perceptions

Research on perceptions of the GDC and preferred methods of communication

The GDC has been working hard to improve the way in which we engage with our stakeholders and to provide ...