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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Dimensions of good work for employees in oral and maxillofacial surgery in Sweden
Author(s) Pilgård, Göran ; Söderfeldt, Björn ; Hjalmers, Karin ; Rosenquist, Jan
Date 2007
English abstract
The aims of this study were to describe how the employees of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) clinics in Sweden perceive "good work", i.e. their image of the good dimensions that the profession should contain and to investigate if there is a discrepancy between ideal and reality for this group. The study was based on a questionnaire with 67 questions, related to quality management at the clinic, health and the content of good work in two sections, one with the headline "defines good work" and the other "fulfilled 'in my present work' ". Each section was subdivided into 12 parts covering aspects of good work. The maxillo-facial surgeons rated "intellectually stimulating work" as most important (91%), and the "hazard-free work environment" as least important (48%). The nurses rated "stimulating fellowship" as most important (84%), and the "opportunity for career advancement" as least important (27%). The percentage unit differences between the ideal and the reality were largest for the item "the work provides opportunities to have an influence on important decisions". Maxillo-facial surgeons had the greatest differences for that question and nurses had the greatest differences in "the work is well paid". A principal components analysis was performed and three factors explained more than half of the variance (52%). The factors were interpreted as (1) aiming at moral values and possibilities for skill discretion, as (2) career development, and as (3) work environment. The employees of OMFS clinics in Sweden emphasized free, influential, and intellectually stimulating work, but the discrepancy between ideal.
Host/Issue Swedish dental journal;3
Volume 31
ISSN 0347-9994
Pages 147-54
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/5164 (link to this page)

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