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Factors related to job satisfaction among South Korean dentists.
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PMID:  17092275     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: The purposes of this study were to investigate the level and distribution of job satisfaction and to explore work environment factors associated with job satisfaction of South Korean dentists. METHODS: A stratified systematic random sample of 1029 dentists was selected from the 10 357 registered dentists in the Korean Dental Association. They were surveyed via a self-administered mail questionnaire. Job satisfaction was measured by a modified version of the Dentist Satisfaction Survey. RESULTS: The response rate was 62.2%. The mean score of overall job satisfaction among South Korean dentists was 3.2 out of 5. In terms of work environment factors, the most satisfying aspect was patient relations (3.7) and the least satisfying aspect was personal time (2.8). Multiple regression analysis identified a model including patient relations, perception of income, personal time, staff, and specialty training that accounted for 35% of variation in overall job satisfaction. The majority of the variance was explained by patient relations. CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that patient relations, perception of income, personal time, staff, and specialty training are important work environment factors for job satisfaction among South Korean dentists. The findings of this study will be helpful to policy makers to design plans to increase the level of job satisfaction among South Korean dentists.
Seong-Hwa Jeong; Jae-Kyun Chung; Youn-Hee Choi; Woosung Sohn; Keun-Bae Song
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Community dentistry and oral epidemiology     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0301-5661     ISO Abbreviation:  Community Dent Oral Epidemiol     Publication Date:  2006 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-09     Completed Date:  2007-01-30     Revised Date:  2009-01-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410263     Medline TA:  Community Dent Oral Epidemiol     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  460-6     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Department of Preventive Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Competence
Dental Staff
Dentist-Patient Relations
Dentists / psychology*
Job Satisfaction*
Middle Aged
Reproducibility of Results
Specialties, Dental / education
Time Factors

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