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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2016 Mar-Apr;54(2):151-8.

[Predictive psychophysiological stress symptoms in dentists].

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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Departamento de Salud Pública, Centro Universitario de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. litaemex@yahoo.com.mx.

Abstract

in English, Spanish

BACKGROUND:

Dentistry has been identified as one of the most stressful occupations in which a dentist's mental and/or physical health may be affected. The objective of this study was to identify chronic psychophysiological stress symptoms in relation with the presence of high stress levels perceived in dentists at a Social Security institution in Guadalajara, Mexico.

METHODS:

The design was cross-sectional and analytical by means of a 2011 census consisting of 87 dentists. The Stress Profile and the Stress Symptom Inventory were applied and the analysis was performed with multiple regression.

RESULTS:

The perceived stress levels were: high (67.8 %), medium (29.9 %) and low (2.3 %). The most frequent psychophysiological symptom of perceived high level of stress was fatigue with 51 %, and the female gender was the most affected. The existence of a meaningful association was shown between the chronic psychophysiological stress symptoms of insomnia, fatigue and the female gender, and perceived high level stress.

CONCLUSIONS:

Early identification of the symptoms of chronic stress in dentists would favor the implementation of appropriate preventive programs to care for their health and work place security.

KEYWORDS:

Dentists; Mexico; Occupational health; Physiological stress; Signs and symptoms

PMID:
26960041
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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