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Public Survey

GDC publishes Patient and Public Survey 2017

The GDC has published its annual Patient and Public Survey carried out between March and May 2017 by Ipsos Mori with a representative sample of UK residents.

The survey uncovered that patient satisfaction with UK dental care remains very high at 97% of patients who have visited their dentist in the last year. The number who said they are ‘very satisfied’ has increased by 6% over the last five years to 67%.

The survey also asked respondents what would be most important to them before and during dental treatment. The results showed that the most important factors to be told about before treatment starts were the cost of the planned treatment (74%) and being provided with a description of the planned treatment (68%). Hygiene and cleanliness (69%) of the dental practice and the quality of care provided by the dental practice (64%) were identified as most important during treatment.

To read further insights into the survey results, please visit