Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2019 , Vol 10, Issue 4
Evaluation of Stress Level of Dental Students At Their First Restorative Dentistry Clinical Course At Biruni University
Muhammet Kerim Ayar
1Biruni University Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Istanbul, Turkey DOI : 10.31067/0.2019.133 Objective: The aim of the study described here was to identify stress factors among students enrolled on their first restorative dentistry clinical course.

Patients and Methods: The study group consisted of 39 fourth-year undergraduate students enrolled on a restorative dentistry clinical course for the first time for the academic year 2017?2018. The students were surveyed using a modified version of the dental environmental stress (DES) survey.

Results: A total of 32 students out of 39 filled and returned questionnaires in the study, a response rate of 82.1 percent. The major causes of stress among dental students are, "worries about fulfilling the requirements for graduation" (90.6%), "fear of failing the course or year" (90.6%) and stressors related to the treatment of patients including "patients being late or not showing up for their appointments" (96.9%) and "fear of dealing with patients who have not disclosed the existence of a contagious disease" (83.6%).

Conclusions: The findings of this study show a considerable degree of stress amongst students enrolled on a restorative dentistry clinical course for the first time. Possible strategies for reducing stress among students in dental education at Biruni University should be considered. Keywords : Stress, dental students, restorative dentistry, education