Research Article
Volume 19 Issue 3 - 2020
Comparison of Psychological Health Status among Dental Practitioners, Academicians and who are both in Telangana State - A Cross-Sectional Study
T Sai Pravallika1*, J Ramvilas Reddy2, Maddela Jyothi1, Sheetal Akula3, Shakeel Anjum4, K Yadav Rao3 and M Monica3
1Department of Public Health Dentistry, Family Dental Care, India
2Department of Public Health Dentistry, Cliniq32 Dental Care, India
3Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, India
4Department of Public Health Dentistry, Gulbarga, India
*Corresponding Author: T Sai Pravallika, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Family Dental Care, India.
Received: January 17, 2020; Published: February 25, 2020


Background: Dentistry is a nerve racking, high-risk profession, where dentists encounter innumerous sources of stress beginning in dental school. These issues may significantly affect their physical health, mental health or both. This requires a need to acknowledge the existence of the problems within the dental profession and to establish ways to prevent and alleviate stress and other psychological disorders among dentists.

Objectives: To compare the psychological health status among dentists who are practitioners, academicians and dentists who are both practitioners as well as academicians.

Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted among 450 dentists, of 150 in each group. All the dental academicians and dentists who work as both practitioners and academicians working in dental colleges, and present on the day of the survey were included till the representative sample was reached. Dental practitioners were selected by simple random sampling from the practitioners list obtained from IDA Telangana. Data was collected by using General Health Questionnaire.

Results: The mean psychological health score for the dentists who work as both academicians and practitioners was found to be 3.51, academicians were 3.35 and practitioners were 2.05. A significant difference was observed when all the three groups were compared regarding their psychological score.

Conclusion: The study revealed that dentists who work as both academicians and practitioners were more likely to predispose the psychological disturbances than the other two group of dentists.

Keywords: Dentists; Psychological Health; Practitioners


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