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Dentist-patient communication: How can dentists best discover patient's information needs and check understanding of information?

*Please note, this project is self-funded*

Project details

First supervisor: Dr Suzanne Scott

Second supervisor: Professor Tim Newton

Duration: 3-4 years

Mode of study: Full-time or part-time

Funding: Self-funded

Eligibility: Home/EU and overseas

Application deadline: Open until a suitable candidate is found

Reference number: 2019/DOCS/06

Project description

This project focuses on the process and content of communication between dentists and dental patients. Specifically, the project will investigate how dentists discover patient's information needs and check patient's understanding of information during routine dental consultations, investigate patient preferences, and determine the impact of differing methods of communication.

The study will involve interviews with patients, analysis of audio-recordings of primary care dental consultations and linking this to patient-completed questionnaires before and after their appointment.

To view entry requirements and further course information, see the general prospectus page at Dental and Health Sciences Research MPhil/PhD. 

Next steps

How to apply

Please apply online at following these steps:

  1. Register a new account or log in
  2. Once logged in, select Create a new application
  3. Enter 'Dental & Health Sciences Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time/Part-time)' under Choose a programme. Please ensure you select the correct mode of study
  4. Select a start date  
  5. Applications must include the project reference number 2019/DOCS/06 in the 'Research proposal' and 'Funding (point 5)' sections of the application.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss projects with the first supervisor prior to submitting an application. 

Contact for further information

Dr Suzanne Scott (

Related research division: Centre for Oral, Clinical & Translational Sciences

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