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Title Work fulfilment in dentistry
Author(s) Berthelsen, Hanne ; Pejtersen, Jan Hyld ; Hjalmers, Karin ; Bergström, Kamilla ; Söderfeldt, Björn
Date 2008
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The psychosocial work environment in dentistry is well documented as demanding, while less is known of what constitutes work fulfilment for dentists. Aim. The aim was to explore the rewarding aspects of the work as general dental practitioner. Methods. A qualitative approach was used to ensure a deeper understanding of the subject as perceived by dentists working in the field. Among Danish and Swedish general dental practitioners, eight informants were in 2007-08 selected step by step to obtain maximal variation of participants as to country of origin, gender, age and clinical work experience. Semi-structured, in-depth interviews based on Kvale’s principles were performed in the mother tongue of the informants. The interviews were audio-recorded and later transcribed verbatim in the original language by the interviewers. Statements covering rewarding aspects of dentistry were used for systematic text condensation according to the principles of Giorgi’s phenomenological analysis, following 4 steps as modified by Malterud: (1) reading all the material to obtain an overall impression, and bracketing preconceptions; (2) identifying units of meaning representing different rewarding aspects of good work, and coding for these aspects; (3) condensing and abstracting the meaning within each of the coded groups; and (4) summarizing the contents of each code group to generalize descriptions and concepts reflecting aspects of good work. The study was approved by The Regional Ethical Review Board in Lund, Sweden. Results. The first overall impression of data was that the rewarding aspects of the work as a dentist emerged directly from the clinical encounter: From the opportunity for performing a high quality odontological handicraft and from the relation with patients. It was formulated as an emotion of internal self satisfaction. Next, the dentists described some basic conditions as their relations to workmates, peers and managers as well as how organisational values and conditions influenced the opportunities for achieving the perceived rewarding aspects from the clinical encounter. Conclusion. The results comprising the moral aspects as essential in the work as a dentist support Hasenfelds’ theory of Human Service Organizations. This implicates a need for developing work environmental models with internal as well as external rewards when dealing with human service organizations. Acknowledgements. The authors wish to acknowledge the Swedish Council for working life and social research for financial support.
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Publisher The Nordic Network NOVO, NOVO symposium, Espoo, Finland
Host/Issue Abstract book
Pages p 21-22
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Note 2nd NOVO SYMPOSIUM Sustainable Nordic Health Care Systems 3-4 december 2008 Espoo, Finland
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