Association of Recurrent Aphthous Ulcers With Stress Among Students In An Indian Dental Institution

Pratibha, PK and Prerna, J and Meena, AK and Bhat, KM and Chakravarthy, Kalyana and Bhat, GS (2012) Association of Recurrent Aphthous Ulcers With Stress Among Students In An Indian Dental Institution. National Journal of Integrated Research in Medicine, 3 (3). pp. 141-147.

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Background: Recurrent aphthous ulcers are painful oral lesions with no proven effective treatment. A definitive cause of these ulcerations still remains elusive. It is believed that psychological stress may be a significant contributor. Aim: The aim of the present study was to determine whether there was any significant association of Recurrentaphthous ulcers with episodes of stress by determining the prevalence of ulcers and levels of stress tolerance among dental students. Materials and methods: A cross sectional survey was carried out on 341 students of Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal, India by distributing questionnaires. The questionnaire had two sections, the first part dealt with ulcers and the later part comprised of a perceived stress scale. The data collected was analyzed with Independent sample t test and ANOVA with post hoc Tukey’s test using the SPSS 16 version software. Results: Prevalence of ulcer was found to be 66.9%. Comparison of mean stress scores between the ‘ulcer-experienced’ and ulcer-free groups showed no difference. Assessment of stress among undergraduates, interns and post graduates who had reported ulcer experience revealed that interns were able to handle the stressful situations significantly better than under graduates and post graduates. Conclusion: The present study did not show any association between episodes of ulcers and stressful events.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prevalence, Recurrent aphthous ulcer, Stress,Students
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Pedodontics and preventive Dentistry
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2013 09:47
Last Modified: 26 Dec 2015 10:59

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