Stress among current and future dental practitioners during COVID-19 lockdown: A cross-sectional study
Nimmi Singh1, Devika Singh2, Navin Mishra3, Priyankar Singh4, Sanjay Kumar5, Arbind Sharma1
1 Department of Dentistry (OMR), IGIMS, Patna, Bihar, India
2 Department of Dentistry, IGIMS, Patna, Bihar, India
3 Department of Dentistry (Endodontics), IGIMS, Patna, Bihar, India
4 Department of Dentistry (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery), IGIMS, Patna, Bihar, India
5 Department of Dentistry (Orthodontics), IGIMS, Patna, Bihar, India
Department of Dentistry (OMR), IGIMS, Patna, Bihar
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Aim: The aim of this study is to assess the psychological effects of the lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic among the dental practitioners and students of dentistry.
Materials and Methods: A questionnaire was prepared using the Google forms which were circulated among the dental surgeons. Statistically analysis was performed. The responses were then tabulated.
Results: A total of 247 responses were received. Among them, the majority of the participants had moderate stress, i.e., 33.2% and 15.8% were suffering from severe stress. The major reason for stress of loss of income, liabilities to pay loans, and how and when to resume work.
Conclusion: Social support is an important protective factor to reduce mental stress. The implications for the management of such situation during the pandemic should be given thought.