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Burnout and health among Dutch dentists.
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PMID:  10946759     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this study, it was hypothesised that dentists with a high burnout risk would experience more health complaints and show more unhealthy behaviour when compared with dentists with a low burnout risk. With a response rate of 75%, a representative group of 709 actively practising dentists responded to a questionnaire containing the Dutch version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI-NL), a health complaints measure (VOEG), and items on health behaviour. Results showed that dentists with a high burnout risk reported health complaints to a greater extent than dentists with a low burnout risk. They also reported more unhealthy behaviour in some aspects (physical exercise/sporting, increase in alcohol consumption, unhealthy diet), but not in others. It also appeared that one out of ten dentists reported having poor general health, and that three out of ten reported to have poor physical condition. In general, dentists' self-reports appeared favourable in comparison with the Dutch population. It is concluded from this study that among dentists burnout and poor health are strongly related. It is discussed that in order to deal preventively with burnout in dentistry, attention to physical health, including ergonomics, is essential.
R C Gorter; M A Eijkman; J Hoogstraten
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of oral sciences     Volume:  108     ISSN:  0909-8836     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Oral Sci.     Publication Date:  2000 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-12-06     Completed Date:  2000-12-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504563     Medline TA:  Eur J Oral Sci     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  261-7     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Department of Social Dentistry and Dental Health Education, Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Burnout, Professional*
Chi-Square Distribution
Dentists / psychology*
Health Behavior
Health Status*
Middle Aged
Netherlands / epidemiology
Occupational Diseases / epidemiology
Personality Inventory

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