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A survey of stress, burnout and well-being in UK dentists

Collins, Victoria, Toon, Mark ORCID:, O'Selmo, Ellena, Reynolds, Laura and Whitehead, Penny 2019. A survey of stress, burnout and well-being in UK dentists. British Dental Journal 226 , pp. 40-49. 10.1038/sj.bdj.2019.6

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Introduction It is well established that dentistry is a stressful profession, primarily due to the nature and working conditions in the dental surgery. With dramatic changes taking place in the profession in recent years it is important to establish the impact this has on dentists' well-being. Aims To determine the levels of stress and burnout in UK dentists and how this relates to well-being and identify the sources of work-related stress dentists report in different fields of practice. Materials and method An online survey comprising of validated measures examining stress, burnout and well-being in dentists was administered to British Dental Association (BDA) members and non-members. Results Valid responses were received from 2053 respondents. Dentists working in the UK exhibit high levels of stress and burnout and low well-being. General dental practitioners (GDPs) seem to be particularly affected. Issues relating to regulation and fear of litigation were deemed to be the most stressful aspects of being a dentist. Conclusions The findings from this study build upon existing research showing that dentistry is a stressful profession. The sources of this stress appear to have shifted over the years, highlighting the changing landscape of dentistry. Interventions should focus on addressing these stressors by making changes to the working conditions of dentists.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 0007-0610
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 August 2020
Date of Acceptance: 11 October 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 23:32

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