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Working conditions, health and productivity among dentists in Swedish public dental care - a prospective study during a 5-year period of rationalisation
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.
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
University of Borås, Sweden.
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2013 (English)In: Ergonomics, ISSN 0014-0139, E-ISSN 1366-5847, Vol. 56, no 9, 1376-1386 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent decades, comprehensive rationalisations have been implemented in public dentistry in Sweden. How rationalisations affect working conditions, health and production from a long-term perspective has been poorly investigated. This study aims to analyse changes and associations in dentists' working conditions, health and productivity during a 5-year period. In 2003 and 2008, 65 dentists responded to questionnaires measuring work conditions and health. Treatment times for patients and productivity were tracked in electronic registers. Paired t-tests showed that the number of treated adult patients per dentist increased, and perceived physical working conditions improved while perceived work control and leadership deteriorated. Structural equation modelling showed that physical factors were important for health and productivity. When assessing risks in the work environment, there is a need to understand the interaction of effects on working conditions and health due to rationalisations so as to increase the sustainability of production systems.

Practioner Summary: Dentistry in Sweden has undergone considerable change. Questionnaire surveys with dentists, undertaken in 2003 and 2008, found that the present rationalisations resulted in improved perceived physical working conditions. Aspects of the psychosocial working environment had deteriorated, however. This is a concern as health and workability are important for workplace efficiency.

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Taylor and Francis: STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles , 2013. Vol. 56, no 9, 1376-1386 p.
Keyword [en]
physical working conditions, production, organisational sustainability, leadership, work control
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-100320DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2013.817613ISI: 000325060600003OAI: diva2:661473
Available from: 2013-11-04 Created: 2013-11-04 Last updated: 2013-11-19Bibliographically approved

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