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South African Dental Journal

versão On-line ISSN 0375-1562
versão impressa ISSN 0011-8516


MATJILA, SA; MADIBA, TK; ANNANDALE-DIPPENAAR, L  e  OLUTOLA, BG. Assessment of job satisfaction among dentists working in different settings in the Tshwane metro. S. Afr. dent. j. [online]. 2019, vol.74, n.5, pp.230-235. ISSN 0375-1562.

INTRODUCTION: Job satisfaction of dentists is important, as dentists are critical in the delivery of comprehensive health care Whilst job satisfaction among dentists has been widely investigated elsewhere, it is poorly researched in South Africa.AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To assess job satisfaction among dentists working in Tshwane district.DESIGN: A cross-sectional studyMETHODS: Data were collected using a self-administered, validated, modified questionnaire adapted from the Dentists' Satisfaction Survey. Demographic data and the responses associated with job satisfaction in various settings were collected Two of the questions were qualitative and open-ended. Data were analysed using statistical software package (STATA) version 10. Ethical clearance was obtained and all data were anonymous.RESULTS: The response rate was 77% and 53 %( 41) of respondents were female. Perception of income, relationships with patients and personal time were significantly positively associated with job satisfaction Patient happiness with treatment, the autonomy and flexibility of private practice and imparting knowledge also contributed to job satisfaction. Unrealistic expectations of patients, long working hours, restricted funding and lack of equipment contributed to job dissatisfaction.CONCLUSION: Overall the dentists were satisfied, however, satisfaction and dissatisfaction were conditional and influenced by factors such as perception of income and unrealistic patient expectations

Palavras-chave : Job satisfaction; dentists; settings.

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