Job satisfaction and job content in Dutch dental hygienists

Katarina Jerkovic-Cosic, M. A. G. van Offenbeek, Cees van der Schans

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study compares the scope of practice of Dutch dental hygienists (DHs) educated through a 2- or 3-year curriculum ('old-style DHs') with that of hygienists educated through a new extended 4-year curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree ('new-style DHs'), with the aim to investigate whether an extended scope of practice positively affects perceived skill variety, autonomy and job satisfaction.

METHODS: The questionnaires were obtained from old- and new-style DHs (n = 413, response 38%; n = 219, response 59%, respectively), in which respondents had recorded their dental tasks, perceived skill variety, autonomy and job satisfaction. T -tests were used to analyse differences between old- and new-style DHs, and regression analyses were performed to assess the relation between scope of practice and skill variety, autonomy and job satisfaction.

RESULTS: New-style DHs have a more extended scope of practice compared with old-style DHs. Despite their more complex jobs, which are theoretically related to higher job satisfaction, new-style DHs perceive lower autonomy and job satisfaction (P < 0.05). Skill variety is the strongest predictor for DHs' job satisfaction (β = 0.462), followed by autonomy (β = 0.202) and caries decisive tasks, the last affecting job satisfaction negatively (β = -0.149). Self-employment is the strongest significant predictor for autonomy (β = 0.272).

CONCLUSIONS: The core business of DHs remains the prevention and periodontology services. New-style DHs combine these tasks with extended tasks in the caries field, which can lead to comparatively less job satisfaction, because of a lower experienced autonomy in performing these extended tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-162
JournalInternational dental journal
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

Keywords

  • clinical competence
  • dental hygienists
  • education, dental
  • job satisfaction
  • netherlands
  • stress, psychological
  • work

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Jerkovic-Cosic, Katarina ; van Offenbeek, M. A. G. ; van der Schans, Cees. / Job satisfaction and job content in Dutch dental hygienists. In: International dental journal. 2012 ; Vol. 10, No. 3. pp. 155-162.
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Job satisfaction and job content in Dutch dental hygienists. / Jerkovic-Cosic, Katarina; van Offenbeek, M. A. G.; van der Schans, Cees.

In: International dental journal, Vol. 10, No. 3, 08.2012, p. 155-162.

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