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Improvement of Workplace Environment That Affects Motivation of Japanese Dental Hygienists

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Department of Endodontology, Tsurumi University School of Dental Medicine, Kanagawa 230-8501, Japan
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Department of Translational Research, Tsurumi University School of Dental Medicine, Kanagawa 230-8501, Japan
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Department of Operative Dentistry, Tsurumi University School of Dental Medicine, Kanagawa 230-8501, Japan
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Department of Oral Microbiology, Tsurumi University School of Dental Medicine, Kanagawa 230-8501, Japan
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Japan Dental Hygienists’ Association, Tokyo 169-0072, Japan
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(3), 1309; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18031309
Received: 4 November 2020 / Revised: 27 January 2021 / Accepted: 29 January 2021 / Published: 1 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Promotion of Healthy Work)
Dental hygienists are in high demand due to insufficient workforce and a lack of an effective reinstatement support system. We investigated the reasons for willingness to work by analyzing the survey results of the employment status of Japanese dental hygienists conducted by Japan Dental Hygienists’ Association. In total, we mailed 16,113 questionnaires to all members of the association (response rate 53.4%). We carried out statistical analysis to determine the specific items to improve the hygienists’ working environment. Fourteen factors of working conditions that they wish to improve were determined. Structural equation modeling showed that a path, “Reduction of work volume”, “Reduction of working hours” and “Increased number of holidays” were higher than other items. A decision analysis demonstrated that most of the respondents answered “Yes” to “Improvement in working conditions including higher salary” out of those who answered, “Strongly disagree” for “Do you feel that dental hygienist work is rewarding?”. Improving workplace environment is integral to keeping high levels of work motivation and a low turnover rate. Most of the hygienists wish for a salary raise among all the conditions. The transition from conventional work styles to non-conventional flexible working patterns is needed. View Full-Text
Keywords: dental hygienist; workplace environment; item response theory (IRT); decision analysis; factor analysis dental hygienist; workplace environment; item response theory (IRT); decision analysis; factor analysis
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Yamamoto, Y.; Nomura, Y.; Okada, A.; Kakuta, E.; Yoshida, N.; Hosoya, N.; Hanada, N.; Takei, N. Improvement of Workplace Environment That Affects Motivation of Japanese Dental Hygienists. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1309. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18031309

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Yamamoto Y, Nomura Y, Okada A, Kakuta E, Yoshida N, Hosoya N, Hanada N, Takei N. Improvement of Workplace Environment That Affects Motivation of Japanese Dental Hygienists. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(3):1309. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18031309

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Yamamoto, Yuko, Yoshiaki Nomura, Ayako Okada, Erika Kakuta, Naomi Yoshida, Noriyasu Hosoya, Nobuhiro Hanada, and Noriko Takei. 2021. "Improvement of Workplace Environment That Affects Motivation of Japanese Dental Hygienists" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 3: 1309. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18031309

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