Results of GP Patient Survey dental results published
The results of a GP patient survey conducted between January and March 2010 have been published.
The survey, which was carried out by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the NHS, will now enable health officials to assess access to dental services.
The results of the survey show that most people who completed the survey were able to access NHS dental services, with 92 percent of the 147,600 respondents confirming that they had been successful in arranging an appointment with an NHS dentist in the last two years. The results also found that access to services has improved in recent months, with 95 percent of respondents claiming that were able to arrange an appointment in the last three to six months.
The survey found that 41 percent of adults who participated had not tried to see an NHS dentist in the last two years. The most common reason given for this was that the dentist they usually visited had switched from NHS dentistry to private dentistry; 18 percent of respondents also claimed they hadn’t tried to see a dentist because they presumed they wouldn’t be able to register with an NHS dentist.
The results of the survey will now be used by health officials to identify areas where greater investment is needed and monitor current services.Join this Discussion