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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 535-541

Stress and professional burnout among newly graduated dentists

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Paniniya Institute of Dental Science, NTR University, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Past Member Ethics Committee for Research, Care Institute of Medical Sciences, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
3 Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Darshan Dental College and Hospital, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
4 Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, Alfarabi Colleges, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Namrata Dagli
Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Rajasthan University of Health Science, Jaipur, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-0762.195509

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Background: Dentists encounter numerous professional stressful situations, beginning from education to day-to-day practice. The resulting stress tends to have a negative impact on their personal as well as professional lives. Objectives: To measure daily burnout, and to investigate the extent of expectations from dental career and the feeling of being unqualified new dental practitioner. Materials and Methods: A close-ended questionnaire, i.e., “the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory,” was utilized for evaluation. A total of 121 dentists with an experience ranging between 6 months and 5 years were included. The period was considered initiating from graduation to dental practicing in urban or rural areas. Ninety-seven dentists replied with filled questionnaires (80.16%). The multivariant analysis was done using SPSS 11.0 ver. (Chicago, USA). Results: Using measures analysis, the mean scores for dentists on the basis of age and sex (n = 97) were calculated. The factors most commonly considered responsible for professional burnout were emotional exhaustion (39.27%), frustrations (47.83%), feeling worn out at the end of the day (35.05%), feeling worn out at the end of the working day (46.80%), exhaustion in the morning at the thought of another day at work (35.05%), feeling that every working hour is tiring (46.80%), less energy and less time for family and friends (47.83%). The most common cause for stress was professional burnout that was recorded commonly in females in the age range of 26–28 years. Conclusions: Dentists are more prone for professional burnout, anxiety, and depression. The main reason for this is the nature of their practice and their personality traits, especially while pursuing dentistry as a carrier. Stress may lead to negative impact on dentists' personal as well as professional lives.

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