Orthodontic clinical decision-making trial

Participant Information

We would like to invite you to take part in our research study. Before you decide we would like you to understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you.

Talk to others about the study if you wish.  Ask us if there is anything that is not clear.

We would be grateful if you could consider the following information before deciding whether to take part.

What is the purpose of the study?

This is an educational study to characterise and analyse decision making in relation to certain malocclusions.

Why have you been invited?

We are surveying dentists undertaking orthodontic treatment who work in a range of settings.

Do I have to take part? How do I consent? What if I want to withdraw?

Participation is voluntary. We will describe the study through this information sheet. If you agree to take part you will be asked to complete a consent form. You are free to withdraw at any time, without giving a reason. If you withdraw from the study, your anonymised results will still be incorporated into the data analysis.

What will happen to me if I take part and what will I have to do?

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire. There are 15 clinical scenarios, illustrated using digital study models (or plaster – for a limited sub-group of participants). You will be asked questions about your treatment planning for each of them.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

There are no risks associated with taking part in this study.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

We cannot promise the study will help you but the information we discover will contribute to the body of evidence underpinning orthodontic practice, which will benefit patients and clinicians.

Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?

All information about you will be handled in confidence.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

All information which is collected about you during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential.  There is no identifiable information in your responses. All data is held securely at University of Bristol in accordance with data protection policies.

What will happen to the results of the research study?

The results of the study will be published in an academic journal.

Who is organising and funding the research?

The University of Bristol is funding this research.

Who has reviewed the study?

The Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Bristol.

Further information and contact details:

For any further information please contact the chief investigator Payal Sharma on ps17457@bristol.ac.uk.


Title of Project: Orthodontic Clinical Decision-making trial

Researcher/Chief Investigator: Dr Payal Sharma

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