Burnout among Undergraduate Dental Students at a Public Academic Institution in Lahore, Pakistan

 

Shamta Sufia1                   BDS, MSc, PhD


Waqas Latif2                     MSc

 

ABSTRACT:

Emotional, mental and psychological health influence academic performance. A stressful environment leads to impaired academic functioning and adds to student apprehension and anxiety, and thus, burnout. Burnout is ‘a syndrome that occurs frequently among individuals who do ‘people-work’ of some kind’. Initially studied among human service professionals e.g. nurses, doctors and teachers etc. attention lately has been on student burnout especially in medical and dental sciences.

OBJECTIVE: The study was undertaken to verify the presence of burnout in undergraduate students of dentistry at a public sector dental institute.

METHODOLOGY: two hundred and seventy five students from a public sector college of dentistry participated by filling The Maslach Burnout Inventory.

RESULTS: Moderate to high levels of emotional exhaustion is experienced by majority of students and so is feeling of depersonalization in their final year. Older aged students and those in their final year of training experienced burnout.

CONCLUSIONS: Burnout is experienced by students of dentistry in the public sector dental institute.

KEYWORDS: Burnout, Dental Students, Dental Education, Maslach Burnout Inventory.

HOW TO CITE: Sufia S, Latif W. Burnout among Undergraduate Dental Students at a Public Academic Institution in Karachi, Pakistan. J Pak Dent Assoc 2016; 25(4): 131-36

Received: 23 June 2016, Accepted: 12 December 2016