A Study on the State of Inservice Education for Dental Hygienists
and Their Relevant Awareness
Jae-Yeon Jung, 1Kyung-Mi Kim, 2Myung-Sook Cho, 3Geum-Sun Ahn, 4Kyoung-Hee Song, 2Hye-Jung Choi, 5Youn-Seon Choi, Yoon-Sook Hwang
Department of Dental Hygiene, Hanyang Women's College, 1Department of Dental Hygiene, Chung Cheong University, 2Department of Dental Hygiene, Suwon Women's College, 3Department of Dental Hygiene, Kyungbok College, 4Department of Dental Hygiene, Cheju Tourism College, 5Seongdong Health center
key words : Inservice Education1, Awareness2, Dental Hygienist3,
The purpose of this study was to examine the reality of inservice education provided to members of Korean Dental Hygienists Association, the state of relevant academic conferences, and the perception of the members about inservice education and academic conference. It's basically meant to help boost their participation in inservice education and their satisfaction with it, and to show some of the right directions for that. The subjects in this study were dental hygienists who attended a symposium on July 1, 2006. After a survey was conducted, the answer sheets from 489 participants were analyzed, and the findings of the study were as follows:
1, General hospitals and university hospitals made up the largest group(91.4%) that gave a monthly leave of absence, and the second largest group was dental hospitals(75.4%), followed by dental clinics(58.3%) and public dental clinics(48.0%).
The most common closing time in dental clinics and dental hospitals was 5 p.m., and that was 12 p.m. in general hospitals and university hospitals. The dental hygienists in public dental clinics didn't work on Saturdays.
By type of workplace, treatment was the most common duty for the dental hygienists in dental clinics and dental hospitals to perform, and those who worked at general hospitals, university hospitals and public health clinics were in charge of extensive range of jobs.
2, The rates of the dental hygienists who took that education stood at 94.9% in public dental clinics, 78.7% in dental hospitals and 75.3% in dental clinics, general hospitals and university hospitals.
Regarding how many marks they got on an yearly basis, those who got eight marks or more made up the largest group(55.6%), followed by four marks or more(11.8%), six marks or more(3.4%), and two marks or more(1.5%).
As for the usefulness of inservice education for their job performance, the largest number of the dental hygienists(40.8%) found it to be helpful, and the second greatest group(37.5%) considered its effectiveness to be so-so. The third largest group(8.4%) found it to be of great use, and the fourth biggest group(4.2%) considered it to be of no service. The fifth biggest group(1.3%) thought it was absolutely useless.
By type of workplace, the workers in dental clinics, dental hospitals, general hospitals and university hospitals wanted the most to learn how to take care of clinical work (acquisition of up-to-date technology), and those in public health clinics hoped the most to learn about public dental health.
By type of workplace, the workers in dental clinics had their sight set on self-development the most, and the dental hygienists in dental hospitals, general hospitals, university hospitals and public health clinics were most in pursuit of acquiring new knowledge.
By type of workplace, the specific given conditions at work were most singled out by the dental clinic workers as the reason, and the dental hospital employees pointed out time constraints the most. The dental hygienists in general hospitals and university hospitals cited time constraints and financial burden the most, and the public health clinic personnels mentioned inaccessibility of a place for inservice education as the reason.
3, The public health clinic workers participated in academic conferences the most(90.8%), followed by the general and university hospital personnels (68.8%), dental hospital employees(65.6%) and dental clinic workers (65.5%).
By type of workplace, the public health clinic workers(73.5%) expressed the most satisfaction, followed by the general and university hospital employees(67.7%), dental clinic workers(62.3%) and dental hospital personnels(54.1%).
By type of workplace, the employees of dental clinics, dental hospitals, general hospitals and university hospitals preferred Saturdays, and the public health clinic workers had a liking for weekdays.
As for a favored place, hotels were most preferred, followed by university hospitals, general hospitals, college lecture rooms, district halls and local public institutions. Hotels were most favored regardless of the type of workplace.
4, Regarding outlook on inservice education, they had the highest opinion on the facilities and given conditions of lecture rooms(3.41±0.83), followed by the professionalism of lecturers(3.34±0.83), procedures of receipt and attendance confirmation(3.34±0.83) and class size(3.13±0.89). On the contrary, they took the most dismal view of the inaccessibility of a place of inservice education(2.08±0.92), followed by limited opportunity and limited date for that education(2.51±0.99), extra financial burden (2.53±1.18) and high tuition fee(2.57±0.96).