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Revista de salud publica del Paraguay

Print version ISSN 2224-6193On-line version ISSN 2307-3349


OGDON LEBRON, MA  and  DIAZ-REISSNER, CV. Burnout Syndrome in dentists working at the XVIII Sanitary Region of the Ministry of Public Health and Social, Paraguay. Rev. salud publica Parag. [online]. 2017, vol.7, n.1, pp.21-27. ISSN 2307-3349.


Burnout Syndrome (BS) is the psychological dysfunction that appears as a consequence of an inadequate response to chronic work stress.


To determine the frequency of Burnout Syndrome and to describe aspects of the personal and professional spheres in dentists working at the XVIII Sanitary Region (Asunción-Paraguay) of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare in 2015.

Materials and methods:

A cross-sectional, observational, descriptive study was performed. Demographic and labor characteristics were recorded through a questionnaire. The SB was evaluated by the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Human Services Survey (MBI-HSS) in its spanish version.


The simple consisted of 83 dentists, corresponding 92.77% of the same to the female sex. The average age found was 42.06 years (SD = 9.77). 67.47% of dentists presented low values of emotional exhaustion. 3.61% and 66.27% obtained high levels of depersonalization and personal fulfillment, respectively. 36.15% of the sample was at risk for BS and 1.20% had BS.


The low frequency of SB found could be attributed to the feeling of optimism, as well as to the favorable labor and economic valuations observed, that would help dentists with positive stimulus to perform their professional duties.

Keywords : Dentists; Occupational health; Burnout; Professional; Occupational diseases.

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