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Compliance of NHS dental practice websites in Wales before and after the introduction of the GDC document 'Principles of ethical advertising'

Budd, M. L., Davies, M., Dewhurst, R. and Atkin, Philip A. 2016. Compliance of NHS dental practice websites in Wales before and after the introduction of the GDC document 'Principles of ethical advertising'. British Dental Journal 220 (11) , pp. 581-584. 10.1038/sj.bdj.2016.413

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Abstract

Objectives To evaluate the compliance of NHS dental practice websites in Wales, UK, with the 2012 GDC document Principles of ethical advertising, before its introduction (2011) and again after its introduction (2014). Methods All practices in Wales with an NHS contract and dental practice website were identified. The content of the website was evaluated to determine if it complied with the principles outlined in the 2012 GDC document Principles of Ethical Advertising. Results Twenty-five percent of the 446 practices sampled in 2011 had a website, compared to 44% of the 436 practices sampled in 2014. The principles best complied with were; displaying the name, geographic address, and telephone number of the practice (100% for both years). None of the websites compared the qualifications or skills of its practitioners to others, therefore 100% complied with this principle. Displaying team members' professional qualification and the country from which this is obtained was fairly well represented; 92% and 61% respectively in 2014; an improvement from only 50% and 49% respectively in 2011. Principles worst complied with were displaying the GDC's address (3% 2011; 9% 2014) or link to the GDC website (11% 2011; 7% 2014) and details of the practice complaints procedure (1% 2011; 5% 2014). Overall, no practice complied with all of the compulsory principles. Conclusion In both 2011 and 2014 no practice website was compliant with all the principles outlined in the 2012 GDC document Principles of ethical advertising. Reflecting results from previous studies, this study showed that compliance is slowly improving, yet over 4 years after the introduction of the mandatory principles, it remains that no practice website is 100% compliant.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
ISSN: 0007-0610
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 November 2019
Date of Acceptance: 12 April 2016
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 10:36
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/103334

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