Article | . 2017 Vol. 17, Issue. 1
Survey on organizational structures of clinical dental hygienists



Department of Dental Hygiene, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University1
Department of Dental Hygiene, Hanseo University2
Seoul National University Dental Hospital3
Gwangju Mir Dental Hospital4
Chosun University Dental Hospital5
Department of Dental Hygiene, Shingu University6
Department of Dental Hygiene, Honam university7




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Objectives: The present study is aimed at comprehending the organizational setup of clinical dental hygienists and to establish an organizational setup that fits their roles. Methods: The survey data of 776 clinical dental hygienists who understood the purpose of the study and agreed to write the questionnaire was utilized. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS Ver. 20.0 program and the significance level was 0.05. Results: The presence of an organizational setup in dental hygienists was surveyed as being higher, with university dental hospital (89.86%) showing the highest. However, the presence of position terms was highest in dental hospitals with 76 subjects (38.78%). Standards for positions most commonly followed hospital regulations in the case of general hospitals (48.42%), whereas they were often based on service period in the case of dental hospitals (48.90%). Salary standards were most commonly determined by service period in all institutions. The job satisfaction of dental hygienists was significantly different according to social status and financial satisfaction depended on having organizational hierarchy for those who work in university dental hospitals. Conclusions: The results of the present study show that dental hygienists who work in organizational setups mostly enjoy high satisfaction in terms of job satisfaction. In other words, the study shows that systemizing the organizational setup of dental hygienists within dental institutions is required, and additional research to achieve efficient human resource management within the organization is necessary as well as institutional utilization of the results of the present study.



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