Journal of Health and Medical Sciences

ISSN 2622-7258

Published: 09 August 2019

Health-Related Quality of Life of Dentists in Public Dental Healthcare in Brazil

Thaís Perez Iglesias, Maria Cristina Teixeira Cangussu, Maria Isabel Pereira Vianna, Liliane Elze Lins Kusterer

Federal University of Bahia

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10.31014/aior.1994.02.03.50

Pages: 297-303

Keywords: Quality of Life, Occupational Health, Dentists

Abstract

This cross-section study aimed to evaluate the health-related quality of life in 230 dentists working in public dental healthcare service in Bahia, Brazil. The 36-Item Short Form Health Survey and a questionnaire were used covering work and socio-demographic information. Descriptive and multiple linear regression analysis were performed. Dentists had higher scores in Vitality (51,49) and Physical Functioning (51,35) domains; lower scores in General Health (43,25) and Social Functioning (47,78). Better Physical Component Summary was associated with Post-graduation in Public Health, absence of children, greater autonomy in work and contribution of work to the society, patients' access to the service and relationship with the patients (P<0.05). Higher scores in Mental Component Summary were associated with white ethnicity, absence of children and satisfaction with the relationship with patients, self-evaluation of work, and courses and training offered (P<0.05). The results alerts to the importance of work environment in personal life and occupational health.

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