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Dentists working condition: Analysis of factors associated to experienced workload
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

ABSTRACT

Background: Dentists are often exposed to many occupational health hazards such as stress, high workload and mental strain. However, there are limited studies regarding the occupational health status of dentists and gender differences in experience of workload among dentists. The aim of this study was to evaluate if there are any significant gender differences between how dentists experience their working conditions and workload, also the gender diversity in perceived workload within type of employment in the dental profession.

Method: A questionnaire survey on work conditions and general health was sent to 371 former dentist students who had attended the dentistry program at Umeå University, 212 responded, of which 187 still worked as dentists and were included in the study. Statistical association tests were done with Chi-2 test, Fisher’s test and Mann Whitney –U test. A P-value < 0.05 was considered statistically significant.

Results: In total 40% reported poor satisfaction with the ergonomic conditions. Those who reported a high workload significantly more often experienced that they had a low influence on their working day, low level of social support and unsatisfying ergonomic conditions.  No significant differences were found for experienced workload between genders, nor was gender significantly related to experienced workload within different job positions in the dental profession.

Conclusion: Dentists experience the similar workload, regardless of type of employment (manager or employee) or gender. Results also showed that high workload was associated with perceived low influence on the working day, low level of social support and unsatisfying ergonomic conditions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 18
Keywords [en]
Dentistry, Ergonomics, Occupational health, Pain, Musculoskeletal disorders, Gender differences, Workload, Work demands, Social support, Stress, Influence over work situation, Employment, Working hours.
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-153947OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-153947DiVA, id: diva2:1269479
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VLL
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Dentistry Programme
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2018-11-01, 14:20 (Swedish)
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Marklund S, Wänman A (2010). Risk factors associated with incidence and persistence of signs and symptoms of temporomandibular disorders.Available from: 2018-12-11 Created: 2018-12-10 Last updated: 2018-12-11Bibliographically approved

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