Department of Dental Hygiene, Daejeon Health Institute of Technology1
Objectives: Identifying influencing factors of stress in clinical practice of dental hygiene students through controlling the amount of stress in clinical practice. Methods: A self-reported questionnaire was filled out by 226 dental hygiene students in Daejeon, Cheongju and Jeolla province from March 2 to 30, 2016. The contents of the questionnaire included general characteristics (6 items), clinical practice characteristics (4 items), clinical practice stress (16 items), quality of life (24 items), health promotion behavior (20 items), OHIP (14 items), and critical thinking disposition (15 items). Data was analyzed using SPSS 19.0. for one way ANOVA, scheffe’ posthoc test, Pearson correlation coefficients, and multiple regression analysis. Cronbach’s alpha of clinical practice stress, quality of life, health promotion behavior, OHIP, and critical thinking disposition were 0.827, 0.913, 0.896, 0.921 and 0.778, respectively. Results: Clinical practice stress was 3.38 points, quality of life was 3.40 points, health promotion behavior was 3.21 points, OHIP was 4.21 points and critical thinking disposition was 3.17 points. Conclusions: Factors that had impact on clinical practice stress include sleeping state, satisfaction of clinical practice, practice number, and the quality of life, and they appeared statistically significant (p<0.05). This exercise showed the necessary manuals and system implementations in clinical practice, which can reduce the amount of stress in dental hygiene students.
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