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Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Alzahem

Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Alzahem

King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences,Saudi

Title: Effectiveness of a dental students stress management program

Biography

Dr. Abdullah Alzahem earned his BDS degree from King Saud University on 1995. In 1997, herncompleted a fellowship program in the field of Temporomandibular Joint with Tufts School ofrnDental Medicine, Boston, MA. In 1998, he completed Advanced Education in General Dentistryrnresidency program in Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, TX. In 2004 he was annonced as Fellowrnof Academcy of General Dentistry, and appointed as Dental Consultant. In 2009 he completedrnMaster in Medical Education in King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences. In 2015rnhe earned a PhD degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

The dental education stress effects and sources were explored thoroughly in the literature,rnbut the effectiveness of stress management programs received less attention. This study introducedrna new stress management program, named Dental Education Stress Management (DESM) program.rnIt showed its effectiveness in a quasi-experimental pretest-posttest-follow-up-control group design.rnThe new program was based on the principle of psychoeducation and consisted of three 90-minuternsessions, to teach dental students how to better deal with their stress symptoms and to reduce theirrngeneral stress level. Two instruments were used to assess the level of stress of the dental students,rnnamely the Dental Environment Stress questionnaire (DES), and the Psychological Stress Measurern(PSM-9). Results show that the DESM program has the desired effect of decreasing the stress levelsrnof its participants, and these effects lasted for at least two weeks.. Because of severalrnmethodological limitations of the study more research is needed to draw more generalizablernconclusions.

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