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Work and health characteristics of oral health providers who stay healthy at work – a prospective study in public dentistry
Occupational and Environmental Medicine Centre, Division of Prevention, Rehabilitation and Community Medicine, Department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; Unit of Intervention and Implementation Research for Worker Health, Institute for Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dept. of Natural Science and Biomedicine. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Centre for Oral Health. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping). Department of Health Sciences, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2786-707x
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dept. of Rehabilitation. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7964-7143
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Saint Lucia, Australia.
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2022 (English)In: European Journal of Physiotherapy, ISSN 2167-9169, E-ISSN 2167-9177, Vol. 24, no 6, p. 349-357Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract [en]

Objectives

Research into work-related factors that positively influence Oral Health Providers (OHPs) health is scarce. This study aimed to analyse which OHPs in dental services remain healthy over time in relation to work- and health-related factors.

Methods

OHPs took part in this prospective cohort study (n=168). In 2012 and 2014 they answered a questionnaire featuring questions about demographics, health indicators, work and organisational factors.

Results

OHPs were classified into three subgroups; healthy group (n=66), semi-healthy group (n=45) and unhealthy group (n=57). The healthy group reported no sick leave or sickness presence in 2012 or 2014. Factors that explained a greater likelihood of belonging to the healthy group were: good work ability, not having neck pain, perceived low exertion at the end of the working day, not having sleeping problems. They scored higher on health indicators than OHPs in the unhealthy group.

Conclusions

OHPs with no sick leave or sickness presence report much better salutogenic health, better physical work ability and lower perceived exertion at the end of their workday compared with unhealthy group of OHPs. Understanding the relationship between working conditions and well-being is crucial to target interventions for OHPs which improve work conditions and health.

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Taylor & Francis, 2022. Vol. 24, no 6, p. 349-357
Keywords [en]
Dental hygienist; dental nurse; dentist; occupational health; well-being; workhealth promotion
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Dentistry Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-52159DOI: 10.1080/21679169.2021.1905876ISI: 000640215800001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85103889776Local ID: HOA;intsam;1542244OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-52159DiVA, id: diva2:1542244
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Medical Research Council of Southeast Sweden (FORSS), FORSS-467461Available from: 2021-04-07 Created: 2021-04-07 Last updated: 2022-12-06Bibliographically approved

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