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Evaluation of anxiety levels among dentists working during the COVID-19 pandemic [Turk Endod J]
Turk Endod J. 2021; 6(2): 45-49 | DOI: 10.14744/TEJ.2021.70298

Evaluation of anxiety levels among dentists working during the COVID-19 pandemic

Tunahan Döken, Melike Bayram, Emre Bayram, Hilal Ekmen, Şeyma Nur Gerçekcioğlu
Department of Endodontics, Tokat Gaziosmanpaşa University Faculty of Dentistry, Tokat, Turkey

Purpose: To use the “state and trait anxiety scale” to examine the anxiety levels among dentists caring for patients during the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic, and compare it to the levels observed in the pre-pandemic period.
Methods: This study included 500 dentists working during and before the COVID-19 pandemic, and participants were asked to complete a questionnaire form containing 40 questions using Google Forms. A score ranging between 1/−1 and 4/−4 was assigned to each question based on whether it was a positive or negative characteristic, and a constant of 50 was added to the total score. A higher anxiety score indicated an increase in the anxiety levels of the individual.
Results: A statistically significant difference in state-trait anxiety inventory scores was observed between men and women (p< 0.001). The state anxiety scale scores were seen to decrease with increasing age (p< 0.001). No statistically significant differences in trait anxiety scale scores were observed
between institutions, although dentists working in public hospitals exhibited higher state anxiety scale scores (p< 0.05). Dentists with 1–4 years of experience had the highest trait anxiety scale scores, while those with >= 10 years of experience demonstrated lower state anxiety scale scores (p< 0.05).
Conclusion: The levels of anxiety among dentists were seen to increase after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords: Anxiety level, COVID-19, dentist, pandemic.

Tunahan Döken, Melike Bayram, Emre Bayram, Hilal Ekmen, Şeyma Nur Gerçekcioğlu. Evaluation of anxiety levels among dentists working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Turk Endod J. 2021; 6(2): 45-49

Corresponding Author: Melike Bayram, Türkiye
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