Decide to thrive by joining this worldwide study ...

May 29, 2009
Dental portion of international study strives to track the overall health and well-being of dental professionals.

Researchers have devoted decades to understanding what leads some people to be healthier than others. However, most people have only studied disease and disorder and failed to also address strengths and well-being.

In this study, we want to look at what is going wrong and what is going right in different people from around the world. We want to capture the entire picture of what it means to be healthy and, most importantly, track people to understand how they change over time. This is the first study of its kind to look in depth at people's well-being from around the world. If you chose to participate, you'll be helping us to answer some of the most tantalizing questions that our society faces today!

You can join the study in June 2009, is open to the general population. It has nine assessment points in total each three months apart, and ends in March 2011. Participants are required to complete five consecutive assessments (i.e., over one year).

To participate or find out more, go to

The "study code" for dental professionals is "oralhealth," which you input when you begin. When you get to the demographic question about occupation, please be specific — for example, registered/licensed dental hygienist, dentist: oral surgeon, certified dental assistant, dental office administrator, etc.

Many thanks for your help!
Kristine A. Hodsdon RDH, BS