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Improvement of the Working Environment and Daily Work-Related Tasks of Dental Hygienists Working in Private Dental Offices from the Japan Dental Hygienists’ Association Survey 2019

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Department of Translational Research, Tsurumi University School of Dental Medicine, Yokohama 230-8501, Japan
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Japan Dental Hygienists’ Association, Tokyo 169-0071, Japan
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Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, Tokyo 173-0015, Japan
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Department of Endodontology, Tsurumi University School of Dental Medicine, Yokohama 230-8501, Japan
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Department of Operative Dentistry, Tsurumi University School of Dental Medicine, Yokohama 230-8501, Japan
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Academic Editors: Jelena Dumancic and Božana Lončar Brzak
Received: 19 January 2021 / Revised: 16 February 2021 / Accepted: 17 February 2021 / Published: 19 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dental Education)
A dental hygienist performs various daily work-related tasks. The aim of this study was to elucidate the daily work-related tasks of Japanese dental hygienists and construct groups to understand the relationships between daily work-related tasks, the attractiveness of dental hygienist work, and the improvement of the working environment. The Japan Dental Hygienists’ Association has conducted a postal survey on the employment status of dental hygienists in Japan every five years since 1981. The data on the implementation of 74 daily work-related tasks in dental offices were analyzed from the survey carried out in 2019. The questionnaires were distributed to 16,722 dental hygienists and 8932 were returned (collection rate: 53.4%). The 3796 dental hygienists working at dental clinics were clearly classified into nine groups. Full-time workers requested a reduced workload. Part-time workers requested better treatment rather than reducing the workload. Salary and human relationships were common problems with the working environment. Full-time workers felt that job security was an attractive feature of the dental hygienist role. The data presented in this study may help with the improvement of working conditions for dental hygienists. View Full-Text
Keywords: dental hygienists; job satisfaction; work assignments; workplace environment; Japan dental hygienists; job satisfaction; work assignments; workplace environment; Japan
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Nomura, Y.; Ohara, Y.; Yamamoto, Y.; Okada, A.; Hosoya, N.; Hanada, N.; Takei, N. Improvement of the Working Environment and Daily Work-Related Tasks of Dental Hygienists Working in Private Dental Offices from the Japan Dental Hygienists’ Association Survey 2019. Dent. J. 2021, 9, 22. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/dj9020022

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Nomura Y, Ohara Y, Yamamoto Y, Okada A, Hosoya N, Hanada N, Takei N. Improvement of the Working Environment and Daily Work-Related Tasks of Dental Hygienists Working in Private Dental Offices from the Japan Dental Hygienists’ Association Survey 2019. Dentistry Journal. 2021; 9(2):22. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/dj9020022

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Nomura, Yoshiaki, Yuki Ohara, Yuko Yamamoto, Ayako Okada, Noriyasu Hosoya, Nobuhiro Hanada, and Noriko Takei. 2021. "Improvement of the Working Environment and Daily Work-Related Tasks of Dental Hygienists Working in Private Dental Offices from the Japan Dental Hygienists’ Association Survey 2019" Dentistry Journal 9, no. 2: 22. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/dj9020022

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