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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 236-239

Professional satisfaction among dental practitioners of Telangana State: A cross-sectional study

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Meghna Institute of Dental Sciences, Nizamabad, Telangana, India

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Arun Shyam
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Meghna Institute of Dental Sciences, Nizamabad - 503 003, Telangana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jiaphd.jiaphd_62_19

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Context: During the last decade, there has been a high increase in the number of dentists and dental practices in India. However, the literature on professional satisfaction among dental practitioners is lacking. Aims: This study aims to assess the level of professional satisfaction and to understand the effect of various factors associated with professional satisfaction among Telangana state dental practitioners. Settings and Design: A cross-sectional study was conducted for 2 months. Materials and Methods: Four hundred dental practitioners were approached. They were surveyed through a self-administered questionnaire. A modified version of the Dentist Satisfaction Survey was used to measure professional satisfaction. Data analysis was carried out using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS version 18). Step-wise multiple regression was done to predict the effect of explanatory variables on outcome variable. The level of significance was set at P < 0.05. Results: A response rate of 56% was achieved. The mean score of overall professional satisfaction was 2.1 ± 1.4 out of 5. A high percentage of the dental practitioners showed satisfaction with respect, patient relations and delivery of care. The least satisfying factors were income and personal time. Stepwise multiple regression analysis showed that income, patient relations (<0.001) and age were the significant predictors of overall professional satisfaction (adjusted R2 = 0.93). Conclusion: Telangana state dental practitioners showed a low level of overall professional satisfaction. This study suggests that patient relations, income and age are important predictors of professional satisfaction.

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