The Frequency of Job Burnout among Dentists of Kerman City

Document Type : Original Article


1 Associate Professor, Oral and Dental Diseases Research Center, School of Dentistry, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

2 Resident, Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Kerman Neuroscience Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

4 Resident, Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences,Tabriz, Iran


Background: Dentistry is a demanding profession with high physical and mental tiredness, which can result in job burnout. The aim of this study was to find the frequency of job burnout in dentists of Kerman. Methods: This cross- sectional study was carried out on 145 dentists working in private offices and health care centers of Kerman. Data were collected using Maslach job burnout questionnaire and analyzed through SPSS18 software and using regression analysis. Results: Among these dentists, 51.7% were male and 48.3% were female. Mean age of participants was 35 ± 7.18 years. In whole, 14.1% had a high level of depersonalization, 30.46% showed high emotional exhaustion, and 71.76% reported high personal accomplishment failure. Demographic variables such as age, sex, occupational status and year of graduation showed no significant relationship with job burnout. But, depersonalization showed a significant relationship with occupational status and marital status. Conclusion: There is a high frequency of job burnout among Kerman dentists. Intervention policies for evaluation and to find the related factors and preventive measures are recommended.