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Should mentoring be routinely introduced into general dental practice to reduce the risk of occupational stress?

Seath, Robert J.G., Radford, David R., Mudford, Lawrence P.A., Reed, Debbie P. (2019) Should mentoring be routinely introduced into general dental practice to reduce the risk of occupational stress? British Dental Journal, 227 (2). pp. 121-125. ISSN 0007-0610. E-ISSN 1476-5373. (doi:10.1038/s41415-019-0484-3) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Introduction: Occupational stress within general dental practice can potentially have an adverse impact on a practitioner's wellbeing and the quality of healthcare provided by that individual. Mentoring has routinely been utilised in other professions for stress management, however, there is little in the dental literature discussing the benefits of mentorship on the reduction of occupational stress for dental practitioners.

Methods: Using a qualitative approach, six individual semi-structured interviews were undertaken. Recorded interviews were transcribed and transcriptions were analysed using thematic coding to identify overarching themes.

Conclusions: The analysis identified that currently, experienced foundation dental practitioners do not consider routine mentoring as a practical option in the prevention of occupational stress. The results would suggest that further education is required as to the benefits of routine mentoring as a strategy for occupational stress management. However, with additional resources buying time, a hybrid model of mentoring and coaching has significant potential in general dental practice.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1038/s41415-019-0484-3
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Centre for Professional Practice
Depositing User: Debbie Reed
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2019 10:29 UTC
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2019 08:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/76939 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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