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Quintessence International



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Quintessence Int 45 (2014), No. 1     15. Nov. 2013
Quintessence Int 45 (2014), No. 1  (15.11.2013)

Page 87-90, doi:10.3290/j.qi.a30763, PubMed:24392499

Professional burnout: Its relevance and implications for the general dental community
Vered, Yuval / Zaken, Yonit / Ovadia-Gonen, Hilla / Mann, Jonathan / Zini, Avraham
As very few studies regarding dentists' professional burnout have been published, we provide an updated review and recommendations with regards to the published dental literature of this phenomenon, which is relevant to the general dental community around the world. Professional burnout has been found to be prevalent among dentists and dental students. The challenge lies in early recognition and developing intervention programs specifically for the dental profession. Attention to realistic career expectation and the type of dentist one prefers to be, attention to practice management skills and the stressfulness of work, as well as longitudinal monitoring of newly qualified dentists on burnout development are recommended. Learning about professional burnout and its potentially serious consequences, as well as increasing knowledge about how to prevent and treat it are crucial. It is not only a caregiver problem, but also a public health problem.

Keywords: burnout level, dental education, general dentistry, specialist dentistry