Evaluation of Turkish dentists’ anxiety levels according to the measures taken and working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic

Funda Kuldaş(1), Parla Meva Durmazpınar(2), Burcu Kanmaz(3)
(1) Izmir Democracy University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Master of Occupational Health and Safety, Izmir, Turkey,
(2) Marmara University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Endodontics, Istanbul, Turkey,
(3) Izmir Democracy University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Periodontology, Izmir, Turkey

Abstract

Aim: The aim of the present study is to evaluate dentists’ working conditions and the measures they take, and to highlight their effects on anxiety levels of dentists during the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey.


Methodology: An online survey of 46 questions was performed among Turkish dentists from June 3 to 10, 2020. Demographic variables, working conditions, and the measures they have taken while working during the pandemic were sought among the dentists, and the Beck Anxiety Inventory was used to determine their anxiety levels. This study included a sample of 704 dentists in Turkey.


Results: Considering the working conditions and self-protective measures taken by dentists, dentists who did not feel safe during the pandemic had higher anxiety levels than the others (p = 0.000). Female dentists, dentists whose work routines had changed, those who had chronic diseases and those who worked in public were found to have higher levels of anxiety than the others (p < 0.05).


Conclusion: It is important to be aware of dentists’ working conditions and anxiety levels to help improve their quality of work.


 


How to cite this article:


Kuldaş F, Durmazpınar PM, Kanmaz B. Evaluation of Turkish dentists’ anxiety levels according to the measures taken and working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Int Dent Res 2022;12(3):120-9. https://doi.org/10.5577/intdentres.2022.vol12.no3.3


 


Linguistic Revision: The English in this manuscript has been checked by at least two professional editors, both native speakers of English.

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Funda Kuldaş
Parla Meva Durmazpınar
parlamewa@hotmail.com (Primary Contact)
Burcu Kanmaz
Kuldaş, F., Durmazpınar, P. M., & Kanmaz, B. (2022). Evaluation of Turkish dentists’ anxiety levels according to the measures taken and working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. International Dental Research, 12(3), 120-129. https://doi.org/10.5577/intdentres.2022.vol12.no3.3

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Kuldaş, F., Durmazpınar, P. M., & Kanmaz, B. (2022). Evaluation of Turkish dentists’ anxiety levels according to the measures taken and working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. International Dental Research, 12(3), 120-129. https://doi.org/10.5577/intdentres.2022.vol12.no3.3
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