Systematic Review: Factors Contributing to Burnout in Dentistry

Published in Oxford Medicine, the following study aimed to identify significant factors associated with burnout in dentists and dental students. The authors found that the most prevalent and significant factors associated with burnout were: younger age, male gender, student status, high job-strain/working hours, those enrolled in clinical degree programmes and certain personality types. However, only a limited amount of literature explored the directional relationship between these factors and burnout. Further longitudinal and prospective studies are required to assess causation. Burnout should be considered a multifactorial phenomenon that can develop early in a dental career. Screening programmes and coping strategies might help to identify and prevent it.