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J Ir Dent Assoc. 2009 Dec-2010 Jan;55(6):304-7.

Stress in Irish dentists: developing effective coping strategies.

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Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy & Mental Health Research, St. Vincent's University Hospital, and School of Medicine & Medical Science, University College Dublin, Elm Park, Dublin 4.


Recent research has highlighted the need to recognise occupation-specific risk factors contributing to stress and burnout. As health professionals, it is important for dentists to recognise the symptoms and the effects of stress on physical, psychological and professional well being. This article reviews the relevant scientific evidence, and provides practical cognitive psychological measures to guide improved well-being for dentists. Any stigma-related factors need to be acknowledged and addressed for the wellbeing of dentists and their patients, and the dental profession is well placed to provide leadership on this issue. Peer support is central to meeting this challenge.

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