The University of Surrey have announced it is investigating burnout amongst dental professionals.

In an open letter, Zoe Clothier from the School of Psychology wrote, “It has been well established that this is a demanding profession, and we are interested in exploring factors that can influence health and wellbeing. We are therefore writing to invite you to take part in our research.

“The first phase of this study involves the completion of a questionnaire. This should only take about 10-15 minutes of your time and will ask you questions about yourself, aspects of your wellbeing, and about your work and its demands.

“The second phase of this project will evaluate an online intervention programme designed by Firstbeat that aims reduce the effects of burnout, help you cope with the demands of work, and covers a range of topics to improve wellbeing. Should you choose to participate in this phase of the study, you will benefit from having free access to the intervention material and a monitor to assess your heart rate variability (an indicator of overall wellbeing and general health). The information we will get from the study will lead to an increased understanding of how work impacts health which we can share with other dental professionals to help them deal with the demands of work.

“The link below will take you to an Information Statement where you can find out more about the study and what your participation would involve, and you will need to provide informed consent to participate in this study. It will also give you access to the questionnaire. If you would be interested in taking part in the intervention phase of this study, you will be able to indicate this interest at the end of the questionnaire by providing your email address.

“Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact either myself – Zoe Clothier (Research Assistant) – on or Professor Mark Cropley, (Principal Investigator) on”