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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 552-555
Quality of life among dentists in teaching hospitals in South Canara, India


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Panineeya Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Mangalore, India
3 Department of Prosthodontics, A.B. Shetty Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Dolar Doshi
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Panineeya Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.90297

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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.


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