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Acta Odontológica Latinoamericana

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POZOS-RADILLO, Blanca E et al. Comparative inter-institutional study of stress among dentists. Acta odontol. latinoam. [online]. 2010, vol.23, n.3, pp.222-227. ISSN 1852-4834.

Dentistry is considered to be a stressful profession due to different factors caused by work, representing a threat to dentists’ health. The objectives of this work were to identify and compare chronic stress in dentists among the different health institutions and the association of stress with risk factors. The study in question is observational, transversal and comparative; 256 dentists were included, distributed among five public health institutions in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, namely: the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), the Ministry of Health (SS), the Integral Development of the Family (DIF), the Social Security Services Institute for the Workers (ISSSTE) and the University of Guadalajara (U. de G.) Data were obtained by means of the census technique. Stress was identified using the Stress Symptoms Inventory and the statistical analysis was performed using the Odds Ratio (O.R.) and the chi-square statistic. From the total population studied, 219 subjects presented high levels of chronic stress and 37, low levels. In the results of comparative analysis, significant differences were found between IMSS and U. de G. and likewise between IMSS and SS. However, in the analysis of association, only U. de G. was found to be associated with the high level of chronic stress.

Palavras-chave : Occupational stress; Dentists; Chronic stress; Public health.

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