Quality of life among dentists in teaching hospitals in South Canara, India

Dolar Doshi, Animesh Jain, K. Vinaya, Shashidhar Kotian

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Objectives: This paper reports on the quality of life among dentists using World Health Organization Abbreviated Instrument for Quality of Life Assessment, comprising 26 items which measure the following broad domains: Physical health, psychological health, social relationships, and environment. Materials and Methods: The instrument was self-administered among dentists in four teaching dental institutions. A total of 191 questionnaires were given out. Of those, 187 were consented and answered, making up a response rate of 97.9%. The internal consistency of the questionnaire, measured by Cronbach's alpha was estimated at 0.75. Results: Highest mean score was seen for Domain 3 (Social relationships) (16.15 + 2.38) and the least score was for Domain 4 (Environment) (14.72 + 2.12). Higher proportions of respondents rated their quality of life as good (65.1 percent), and also majority of dentists (63.5 percent) were satisfied with their health. Conclusion: Quality of life recognizes the value of an individual's health in the broader psychologic and social aspects of his/her life. In this study, the overall rating of quality of life among dentists in teaching hospitals is good.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)552-555
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Dental Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dentistry(all)


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