Global Advanced Research Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences (GARJMMS) ISSN: 2315-5159
May 2015 Vol. 4(5), pp. 256-262
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Survey of self-reported Stress among Iranian and UAE general and specialist dentists

Sara Afsharinia1, Ayad I. Ismail2, Sara Seyed Naseri3 and Jalaleddin Hamissi*4

1Dentist
2Associate Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Ajman University of Science and Technology, Ajman, UAE.
3Dentist
4Associate Professor in Periodontics and Dental Caries Prevention Research Center, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran.

*Corresponding Author E-mail: jhamissi@qums.ac.ir; jhamissi@gmail.com; Contact Cell: +989121812543

Accepted 19 May, 2015

Abstract

Since working as a dentist is a stressful job by itself and it requires working at a possibly stressful environment as well, some stress is normal and even useful. It can help if you need to work hard or react quickly, in other hand stress in some level lead to decrease in effectiveness of work. The objective of this study was to assess the stress level among Iranian an UAE dentists and to evaluate their stress manifestations and stress management. Through this prospective study, data was collected by preparing self-administered questionnaire regarding stress among dentists and factors contributing to the matter among them such as professional practice factors, dental procedure factors, patient factors, clinical management factors and some management protocols also have been discussed. Thequestionnaires were distributed between 508 dentists 48% were male and 52% female including oral maxillofacial surgeons, general dental practitioners, periodontics, endodontics, orthodontics, pedodontics, restorative and cosmetic dentists, doctors of Ajman University of Science and Technology and other clinics (private & public) in Iran, Sharjah, Ajman and Dubai (United Arab Emirates). This aspect of data collection gave an idea of the problem that missed dental appointments posed in financial terms. The most common reasons for missing dental appointments according to patients were fear of pain and having an emergency or circumstance.  The most significant factors involved were patient age, patient income, patient education, presence of pain, and patient psychology.  Results showed that missed dental appointments cause an average loss of AED 800 (USD 220) per day for a dental clinic. It was concluded that this rate of missed dental appointments was unacceptable because of its negative impact on all involved parties. Dentists who take steps to reduce stress in their practices are positioned to increase productivity among their staff, create a sense of relaxation and easement for their patients and improve the quality of their work.  “Improving the working environment at the office” and “Learning how to better handle patient anxiety and hostility” are among the good steps towards creating a stress free environment for the clinic personnel and patients. 

Keywords: Dentists, occupational stress, Epidemiology, Iran, UAE.

 

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