Collegial Support and Community with Trust in Swedish and Danish dentistry

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Collegial Support and Community with Trust in Swedish and Danish dentistry
Author(s) Berthelsen, Hanne ; Söderfeldt, Björn ; Harris, Rebecca ; Hyld Pejtersen, Jan ; Bergström, Kamilla ; Hjalmers, Karin ; Ordell, Sven
Date 2011
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Objectives. The aim of the study was to better understand the associations between work factors and professional support among dentists (Collegial Support) as well as the sense of being part of a work community characterized by trust (Community with Trust). Methods. A questionnaire was sent to 1835 general dental practitioners, randomly selected from the members of dental associations in Sweden and Denmark in 2008. The response rate was 68%. Two models with the outcome variables Collegial Support and being part of a Community with Trust were built using multiple hierarchical linear regression. Demographic background factors, work factors, managerial factors and factors relating to objectives and to values characterizing climate of the practice were all introduced as blocks into the models. Results. A different pattern emerged for Collegial Support than for Community with Trust, indicating different underlying mechanisms. The main results were: (I) Female, married/cohabitant, collegial network outside the practice, common breaks, formalized managerial education of leader and a climate characterized by professional values, which were positively associated with Collegial Support, while number of years as a dentist and being managerially responsible were negatively associated. (II) Common breaks, decision authority and a climate characterized by professional values were positively associated with Community with Trust. Conclusion. A professionally-oriented practice climate and having common breaks at work were strongly associated with both outcome variables. The study underlined the importance of managing dentistry in a way which respects the professional ethos of dentists.
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Publisher Informa
Host/Issue Acta Odontologica Scandinavica;6
Volume 69
ISSN 0001-6357
Pages 343-354
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Positive social relations
psychosocial work environment
job resources
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
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