Good Work for dentists - a qualitative analysis

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Good Work for dentists - a qualitative analysis
Author(s) Berthelsen, Hanne ; Hjalmers, Karin ; Pejtersen, Jan Hyld ; Söderfeldt, Björn
Date 2010
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Objective: This study explores dentists' perceptions of Good Work in the meaning of positive and rewarding aspects in their work in contrast to a traditional problem-centred focus on work life. Methods: Nine informants were selected among Danish and Swedish general dental practitioners to obtain variation as to country of origin, gender, age and clinical work experience. Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim in the original language. Statements concerning positive aspects of work were used for systematic text condensation according to the principles of Giorgi's phenomenological analysis, as modified by Malterud, generalizing descriptions reflecting aspects of Good Work. Selection of participants continued until saturation of the emerging categories was achieved. Results: The core of Good Work emanates from the clinical encounter: from the relation with the patient and from the opportunity to carry out high quality odontological handicraft. Social relations at the workplace, as well as organizational values and conditions were perceived as influencing the opportunities to achieve the rewarding aspects from the clinical encounter. Conclusions: The results implicate a need for developing a work-environmental model with intrinsic as well as extrinsic rewards when dealing with human service organizations. At policy level it is necessary to address the professional culture.
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Host/Issue Community Dentntistry and Oral Epidemiology;2
Volume 38
ISSN 0301-5661
Pages 159-170
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Dentistry
Health care
Human service organization
Psychosocial working environment
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY::Odontological behavioural science
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