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Rationalisation in public dental care - impact on clinical work tasks and mechanical exposure for dentists - a prospective study
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Work and Rehabilitation. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Work and Rehabilitation. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Lund University, Sweden .
University of Boras, Sweden .
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2013 (English)In: Ergonomics, ISSN 0014-0139, E-ISSN 1366-5847, Vol. 56, no 2, 303-313 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Swedish dentistry has been exposed to frequent rationalisation initiatives during the last half century. Previous research has shown that rationalisation often results in increased risk of developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders, thus reducing sustainability in the production system. In this prospective study, we assessed mechanical exposures among Swedish dentists in relation to specific rationalisations of clinical dental work during a six-year period. Body postures and movements of 12 dentists were assessed by inclinometry synchronised to video recordings of their work. No rationalisation effects could be shown in terms of a reduction in non-value-adding work (waste), and at job level, no major differences in mechanical exposure could be shown between baseline and follow-up. Conclusion: The present rationalisation measures in dentistry do not seem to result in rationalisation at job level, but may potentially be more successful at the overall dental system level. Practitioner summary: In contrast to many previous investigations of the mechanical exposure implications of rationalisation, the present rationalisation measures did not increase the level of risk for dentists. It is highlighted that all occupations involved in the production system should be investigated to assess production system sustainability.

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Taylor and Francis: STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles / Taylor and Francis , 2013. Vol. 56, no 2, 303-313 p.
Keyword [en]
loss analysis, sustainable production system, inclinometry, video analysis
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-90206DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2012.760751ISI: 000315155000013OAI: diva2:612352
Available from: 2013-03-21 Created: 2013-03-21 Last updated: 2013-09-03

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