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Title The use of COPSOQ measures in dentistry
Author(s) Berthelsen, Hanne ; Pejtersen, Jan Hyld ; Söderfeldt, Björn
Date 2009
English abstract
Background and aim: In the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire (COPSOQ)measures of community at workplace, horizontal and vertical trust have been developed, but the validity of the measures in a specific context as dentistry is unknown. The aim was to apply the measurements from COPSOQ to a population of general dental practitioners from Denmark and Sweden, comparing factor solutions and scoring norms to the original results. Materials and methods: In 2008, a questionnaire was sent to 1835 general dental practitioners, randomly selected among members of the dental associations in Sweden and Denmark. The response rate was 68% after two reminders. Distribution analyses of two items concerning the importance of colleagues and relationship with patients were performed. Principal Components Analysis with Varimax rotation (PCA) was applied to seven COPSOQ items on trust and two on community together with three new developed questions. The analyses were performed for the total sample and for subgroups according to gender, country, employment sector and managerial responsibility. Results: The PCA resulted in two stable factors, interpreted as “trust” and “hindered information flow". Conclusions: The suggested concepts from COPSOQ: vertical and horizontal trust and community could not be reproduced in the present study. Consequently, the constructs cannot be regarded as valid for small enterprises as dentistry in Sweden and Denmark. The authors wish to acknowledge the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, Malmö University and The Danish Dental Association for financial support.
Publisher COPSOQ2 workshop, Freiburg, Germany
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Note Abstract and oral presentation at COPSOQ2 workshop. Freiburg, Germany 9-10/9 2009.
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9108 (link to this page)
Link http://www.copsoq09.de/ (external link to related web page)

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