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Problems to Solve and Job Enlargement on the Inclusion of Dental Hygienists in the Category of Medical Personnel
J Dent Hyg Sci 2018;18:340-8
Published online December 31, 2018;  https://doi.org/10.17135/jdhs.2018.18.6.340
© 2018 Korean Society of Dental Hygiene Science.

Da-Som Lee1, and Gyeong-Soon Han1,2,†

1Department of Dental Hygiene, Graduate School of Public Health, Gachon University, Incheon 21936,
2Department of Dental Hygiene, College of Health Science, Gachon University, Incheon 21936, Korea
Correspondence to: Gyeong-Soon Han
Department of Dental Hygiene, College of Health Science, Gachon University, 191 Hambakmoe-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 21936, Korea
Tel: +82-32-820-4372, Fax: +82-32-820-4370, E-mail: gshan@gachon.ac.kr
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0958-8571
Received August 27, 2018; Revised October 25, 2018; Accepted October 26, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions, precedent tasks, positive and negative effects, and expandable professional tasks regarding the inclusion of dental hygienists (DHs) in the category of medical personnel. This study involved a survey of 259 DHs and 128 dentists. The findings were as follows: 94.2% of DHs and 46.9% of dentists were aware of inclusion in the category of medical personnel; 95.0% of DHs and 64.1% of dentists supported the idea; and 84.9% of DHs and 51.6% of dentists recognized its legitimacy. As for precedent tasks for inclusion in the category of medical personnel, both DHs and dentists scored high points in professional consciousness in the area of occupation. Both DHs and dentists scored the highest points in the quality management of DH education and the lowest points in the unification of school systems in the area of institution. In the area of society, DHs scored high points in the persuasion of the central government, whereas dentists scored high point in collaboration among concerned organizations. Regarding the positive effects of inclusion in the category of medical personnel, both DHs and dentists scored the highest points in the expanded perception of DHs. As for its negative effects, DHs scored high points in the aggravation of salar increase, whereas dentists scored high points in the aggravation of salary increase. Regarding expandable professional tasks after the inclusion of DHs in the category of medical personnel, the management of independent periodontal care programs recorded the highest percentage both in DHs and dentists. These findings highlight the need for adequate discussions about the meanings of the inclusion of DHs in the category of medical personnel and will hopefully contribute to the rational adjustment and legalization of DHs’ works with regard to their inclusion in the category of medical personnel.
Keywords : Dental hygienists, Job enlargement, Medical personnel


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