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Dental hygienists' work environment: motivating, facilitating, but also trying
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Sciences. (vårdvetenskap)
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Dental Hygiene, ISSN 1601-5029, E-ISSN 1601-5037, Vol. 8, no 3, 204-212 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the present study was to describe dental hygienists' experiences of their physical and psychosocial work environment. The study was descriptive in design and used a qualitative approach. Eleven dental hygienists participated in the study and data were collected during spring 2008 using semi-structured interviews. The material was analysed using qualitative content analysis. The results showed that the dental hygienists experienced their work environment as motivating and facilitating, but at the same time as trying. The three categories revealed a theme: Being controlled in a modern environment characterized by good relationships. Motivating factors were the good relationship with co-workers, managers and patients, seeing the results of your work, having your own responsibility and making your own decisions. The new, pleasant and modern clinics, good cooperation between co-workers and varying duties were described as facilitating factors. The trying factors, as described by the dental hygienists, were above all being controlled by time limits or by some elements of the work, such as teamwork. The dental hygienists also felt stress because appointments were too-short. To conclude, the participants described their work environment as trying in several ways, despite the modern clinics and good relationships.

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2010. Vol. 8, no 3, 204-212 p.
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dental hygienist, physical work environment, psychosocial work environment, qualitative content analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-142584DOI: 10.1111/j.1601-5037.2009.00420.xISI: 000289427700007PubMedID: 20624190OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-142584DiVA: diva2:387694
Available from: 2011-01-14 Created: 2011-01-14 Last updated: 2016-01-04

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