Research Article
Volume 20 Issue 11 - 2021
Quality of Life of Postgraduate Dental Students in Australia and New Zealand

Amy Vei Li Ho1, Xiangqun Ju2*, Craig Dreyer1 and Lisa Jamieson2

1Adelaide Dental School, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
2Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health, Adelaide Dental School, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
*Corresponding Author: Xiangqun Ju, Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health, Adelaide Dental School, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia.
Received: september 20, 2021; Published: October 28, 2021


Objective: To assess the quality of life (QOL) of dental specialist trainees in Australia and New Zealand during their postgraduate training programs.

Methods: An online survey was sent to postgraduate dental specialist trainees enrolled in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry program across universities in Australia and New Zealand. The survey questionnaire included 26 questions from the World Health Organisation Quality of Life- BREF questionnaire with 3 additional university work-related questions. Data was categorized by sample demographic variables. The questionnaire included questions related to QOL and general health in 4 domains: Physical, Psychosocial, Social and Environmental. The mean and standard deviation (SD) of the four domains was estimated with nonparametric Kruskal-Wallis test for intergroup comparisons. Chi-squared tests were used to determine statistically significant differences between categorial variables.

Results: There was a total of 97 participants. The overall QOL of trainees was poor, with only one-third (32.3%) rating having positive quality of life. More trainees in their second and third year of specialty training indicated poor general health (52.0% and 55.6% respectively) compared to their first-year counterparts. Participants aged 40 years and above indicated poorer physical health (mean score 45.5 years) compared to participants aged 25 - 39-years (mean score 65.7). Most trainees (98.0%) studied in weekends.

Conclusion: Most dental specialist trainees have a poor-average QOL with significant work/life imbalance. The well-being and work/life balance of postgraduate dental students needs to be a priority in dental education.

Keywords: World Health Organisation Quality of Life-BREF (WHOQOL-BREF); Physical Health; Psychosocial Health; Social; Environment


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