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Br Dent J. 1997 Apr 12;182(7):250-4.

The practice of dentistry: an assessment of reasons for premature retirement.

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Unit of Dental Practice, University Dental Hospital of Manchester.

Abstract

AIM:

To assess reasons for premature retirement among practising dentists and to evaluate their association with occupational stress.

DESIGN:

Retrospective analysis.

SETTING:

Records from one organisation operating in the private medical sickness industry in the UK.

MATERIALS:

Reasons for premature retirement of 393 dentists due to illness between 1981 and 1992.

RESULTS:

The most frequent causes of premature retirement were musculoskeletal disorders (29.5%), cardiovascular disease (21.1%), and neurotic symptoms (16.5%), 82.7% of cases examined were in the > 50 years age group.

CONCLUSIONS:

Musculoskeletal disorders and stress related illnesses were the two most important groups which influenced premature retirement.

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PMID:
9134812
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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