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Assessment of Perceived Stress Among Dental Graduates: A Cross-Sectional Study

Agrawal Shyam K, Mathur Rachit R, Chaudhari Vaibhav A*, Mahuli Amit V, Deep Shikha and Desai Dhavl V

Introduction: Stress is a significant threat that can result in physical and mental illness and may have a significant negative effect on ‘students’performance and professional practice of dentistry. Elevated stress levels due to prolonged workload may precipitate fatigue, a term that describes the experience of long-term work-related exhaustion and lessens the interest. This study aims to de - termine if the perceived source of stress changes along the years among dental graduates.

Objective: To determine if perceived sources of stress have changed overthe years.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among dental graduates from the first year to an internship at NIMS dental college. Dental Environment Stress (DES) questionnaire consisting of 20 questions was used for data collection. A total of 200 students filled the questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics.

Statistical analysis used- Statistics analysis was done using SPSS version USA.ANOVA test was used followed by Tukey post hoc was carried out.

Results: It was observed that the most common sources of stress were academic examinationsand working on clinical years. Moreover, in the five years of the traditional curriculum, the clinical years reported the highest stress level among dentalgraduates.

Conclusion: Findings like academic and clinical performance, low grading, unemployment, limitation in leisure time, family problems were the upmost stress-inducing factors among undergraduate of dentistry., clinical quota, family problems, staff-student relationship found less stressful. Hence students need to be addressed for the stress-coping.

Published Date: 2022-08-25; Received Date: 2021-01-27