How to reduce the stress of general dental practice: the need for research into the effectiveness of multifaceted interventions

Author(s): Newton JT, Allen CD, Coates J, Turner A, Prior J

Abstract

While the practice of dentistry has been demonstrated to be significantly stressful, there have been few published studies describing interventions to reduce the stress of dental practitioners. This article describes research into the prevention and alleviation of stress amongst a variety of healthcare professionals, including dental practitioners, and describes the findings from a small scale study of an intervention aimed at general dental practitioners who reported high levels of work related stress. It is argued that to be effective, interventions should be tailored to the individual needs of the practitioner, within a structured intervention framework. Further research into the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of stress management for dental practitioners is required.

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