Research opportunities

Project 028 – Stress and burnout amongst Australian dental practitioners

Introduction

The dental profession has long been regarded as having high levels of professional stress and burnout, however the mental health of Australian dentists has been studied sporadically over the past few decades.

Aim

To explore the social, work and mental health effects experienced by dental professionals in Australia, and to examine factors that promote good mental health and risk factors that contribute to poorer mental health.

Who can participate?

Dental practitioners who:

  • Are practising in Australia; and
  • Have access to the internet.

What will you be asked to do?

Complete an online questionnaire that should take approximately 15-20 minutes of your time.

Why should you participate?

  • You and your practice may benefit from the outcomes of this study, leading to increased professional satisfaction and well-being;
  • Be part of an eviDent project that will ultimately contribute to the practice of dentistry in Australia.

How do you participate?

Your participation is voluntary. If you don’t wish to take part, you don’t have to. If you begin participating, you can also stop at any time. In order to participate in the research project, click the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/dental_burnout

Who are the researchers?

  • A/Prof Matthew Hopcraft
  • Prof Gordon Parker AO
  • Dr Roisin McGrath
  • Dr Nicole Stormon

Project 029 – Prescribing of antibiotics and opioids by Victorian dentists during COVID-19

Introduction

Antibiotic resistance and the opioid crisis are two well established public health issues. A study assessing Australian dental prescribing during the period of restricted dental services during January-June 2020 showed a reduction in prescribing during the periods of lockdown, but a significant increase was seen as soon as dental restrictions eased.

Aim

To assess the factors influencing the increased prescribing of antibiotics and opioids by dentists since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who can participate?

Dentists and dental specialists who:

  • Are practising in Victoria; and
  • Have access to the internet.

What will you be asked to do?

Complete an online questionnaire that should take approximately 10-15 minutes of your time.

Why should you participate?

  • You and your practice may benefit from the outcomes of this study, leading to increased professional satisfaction and well-being;
  • Be part of an eviDent project that will ultimately contribute to the practice of dentistry in Australia.

How do you participate?

Please click on the following link to participate: https://melbourneuni.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eDKgIoMgQWHGfrM

Who are the researchers?

  • Dr Leanne Teoh
  • A/Prof Matthew Hopcraft
  • Prof Michael McCullough
  • Dr Marietta Taylor

Project 024 – Diagnostic performance of digital 2D periapical radiography and 3D cone beam computed tomography 

Introduction

There is limited information available about the diagnostic performance of commonly used imaging modalities in dentistry.

Aims

  • To assess the diagnostic performance of digital 2D periapical radiography compared to 3D cone beam computed tomography in the detection of dental abnormalities using a free response paradigm.
  • To identify factors affecting performance of both imaging modalities.

Who can participate?

Practising general dentists in Victoria.

What will you be asked to do?

You will be asked to interpret 60 periapical and 120 cone beam computed tomography images, spread over two reading sessions. This will be done in person on a provided computer workstation, at a location convenient for you.

You will perform a total of 180 image interpretations for this study. We anticipate it will take approximately four hours to complete the two reading sessions (two hours each session).

At the beginning of the study, we will ask you some demographic questions relating to your experience as a radiologist or dentist. You will have the opportunity to review your reports and receive feedback on your diagnostic performance.

Why should you participate?

  • This project is in collaboration with the Medical Imaging Optimisation and Perception Group at The University of Sydney, whose research publications in medical image perception are amongst the world’s best;
  • This is a world first study in dentistry using sophisticated measurement techniques and diagnostic performance assessment;
  • The results of this study will provide data never collected before; clinicians will be able to know how well diagnostic dental imaging performs and how diagnostic imaging is interpreted; and
  • This will help clinicians understand the factors that drive performance, which can be used to tailor strategies to improve diagnostic accuracy in dentistry.

How do you participate?

Please email 

Who are the researchers?

  • Dr Ernest Ekpo, Chief Investigator
  • Prof Patrick Brennan, Chief Investigator
  • Dr Kehn Yapp, Associate Investigator

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