Burnout syndrome and associated factors among dental students

Yeturu Sravan Kumar, Kalyana Chakravarthy Pentapati, Athira Cherakkal Methayil, Arsha Darsh

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Aims: To evaluate the prevalence and associated risk factors of burnout syndrome among dental students in an Indian dental school in Kerala, India. Settings and Design: A cross-sectional questionnaire study was conducted among dental students of Amrita School of Dentistry, Kochi, south India. Method and Material: The questionnaire consisted of demographic information (age, sex, year of study), 8 questions regarding career choice and academic excellence and of 15 questions from the “Maslach Burnout Inventory-Student Version” (MBI-SS). Statistical analysis used: All the analysis was done using PASW version 18 (SPSS Inc, Ill, Chicago, USA) and MedCalc Version 14. A p-value ≤ 0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Mann-Whitney U test and Kruskal-Wallis ANOVA with post-hoc Conover test were used to compare the mean score of subscales with demographic variables. Results: A total of 159 students participated out of which 93.1% were females. Most of the students were moderate on Emotional Exhaustion (39.6%) whereas they were high on Cynicism (46.5%) and Professional Efficacy (78.6%). A total of 16.4% and 2.5% of the students reported bi-dimensional and tri-dimensional burnout syndrome respectively. Conclusions: Burnout syndrome may have an early onset and may also enhance the future onset. Continuous monitoring of the students throughout the curriculum is the need of the hour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-67
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 01-08-2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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