Why is the Faculty involved in research?

It is one of the aims of FGDP(UK) to improve the standard of patient care through research. 95% of oral healthcare in the UK is provided in primary care, mostly by general dental practitioners and their teams. To date, very little research has been performed in primary dental centres.

To improve this situation FGDP(UK) has developed an infrastructure throughout the country to provide primary care dentists and their dental teams with local sources of advice on oral healthcare research. A network of Divisional Research Facilitators (DRFs) has been established throughout the UK.

In addition to the Research Competencies Framework which sets out the knowledge and skills required for competency in topics relevant to research.The Faculty has produced a series of papers, addressing the various stages in a research project. This series provides an overview of the different stages in a research project and the relevance of research to primary dental care. It introduces readers to the basic principles of research methodology but does not provide an in-depth review of all aspects of research.

  1. Asking a Research Question
  2. Planning the Study
  3. Writing a Protocol
  4. Obtaining Ethical Approval
  5. Obtaining Funding
  6. Piloting the Methodology & Project Management
  7. Collecting Data
  8. Analysing the Data
  9. Writing up & Disseminating the Results

(This series updates and replaces the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK)’s research leaflets.  All leaflets are FREE to download as PDF documents)


Research projects carried out or supported by the FGDP(UK) include:

BRONJ - The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are delighted to present the report on the national study on avascular necrosis of the jaws including bisphosphonate-related necrosis (BRONJ). Click here to downloaded the full report.

"The Impact of Continuing Professional Development in Dentistry: A Literature Review" a report commissioned by the GDC, published in November 2011 by the FGDP(UK).


Members of the FGDP(UK) can also access the FGDP(UK) Critical Appraisal Pack.