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Job Attractiveness and Job Satisfaction of Dental Hygienists: From Japanese Dental Hygienists’ Survey 2019

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Japanese Dental Hygienists’ Association, Tokyo 169-0071, Japan
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Research Team for Promoting Independence and Mental Health, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, Tokyo 173-0015, Japan
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Department of Translational Research, Tsurumi University School of Dental Medicine, Yokohama 230-8501, Japan
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Department of Endodontology, Tsurumi University School of Dental Medicine, Yokohama 230-8501, Japan
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Department of Operative Dentistry, Tsurumi University School of Dental Medicine, Yokohama 230-8501, Japan
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Department of Dental and Oral Surgery, Tokyo Metropolitan Geriatric Hospital, Tokyo 173-0015, Japan
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(2), 755; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020755
Received: 26 December 2020 / Revised: 13 January 2021 / Accepted: 15 January 2021 / Published: 17 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Future Health Workforce: Integrated Solutions and Models of Care)
Job attractiveness and job satisfaction are important factors in the continuity of employment among healthcare professionals. The aim of this study was to assess job satisfaction and job attractiveness among dental hygienists in Japan. The Japan Dental Hygienists Association conducted a survey of the employment status of Japanese dental hygienists in 2019. Questionnaires were distributed to all 16,722 members, and 8932 were returned (Collection rate: 53.4%). Data from 7869 currently working dental hygienists were analysed in this study. We analysed seven items of job attractiveness, 14 items of job satisfaction, and 13 items of request for improving the working environment. Item response theory and structural equation modelling (SEM) were utilized for the analysis. For attractiveness of dental hygienists’ work, respondents placed greater emphasis on the fact that dental hygienists needed national qualifications rather than on income stability. SEM showed that job satisfaction consisted of two factors, ‘Value for work’ and ‘Working environment’, as did job attractiveness, with ‘Contribution’ and ‘Assured income’. Value for work affects the contribution to people, and, employment environment affects assured income. Improving job satisfaction and work environments could help to improve the employment rate of dental hygienists, which could positively influence patient care. View Full-Text
Keywords: dental hygienist; job attractiveness; job satisfaction; work environment dental hygienist; job attractiveness; job satisfaction; work environment
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Ohara, Y.; Nomura, Y.; Yamamoto, Y.; Okada, A.; Hosoya, N.; Hanada, N.; Hirano, H.; Takei, N. Job Attractiveness and Job Satisfaction of Dental Hygienists: From Japanese Dental Hygienists’ Survey 2019. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 755. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020755

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Ohara Y, Nomura Y, Yamamoto Y, Okada A, Hosoya N, Hanada N, Hirano H, Takei N. Job Attractiveness and Job Satisfaction of Dental Hygienists: From Japanese Dental Hygienists’ Survey 2019. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(2):755. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020755

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Ohara, Yuki; Nomura, Yoshiaki; Yamamoto, Yuko; Okada, Ayako; Hosoya, Noriyasu; Hanada, Nobuhiro; Hirano, Hirohiko; Takei, Noriko. 2021. "Job Attractiveness and Job Satisfaction of Dental Hygienists: From Japanese Dental Hygienists’ Survey 2019" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 2: 755. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020755

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