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Perception and practice of the infection control by empowerment in the dental hygienists

Park Sung Suk 1 Jang Gye Won 2 Yong-Ju Kang 2

1대구과학대학교
2진주보건대학교

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ABSTRACT

Objectives: The purpose of the study was to investigate the perception and practice of the infection control by empowerment in thedental hygienists. Methods: A self-reported questionnaire was filled out by 200 dental hygienists in Gyeongbuk from January 3 to February 20, 2013. Data were analyzed by SPSS 12.0 program. The instrument of impowerment was adapted from Spreitzer and consisted of 12questions including meaning(4 questions), competency(4 questions), self-decision(4 questions), and impact(4 questions). Impowerment was score by Likert 5 scale and higher score means higher impowerment. The instrument for hand washingrecognition and practice was adapted from Kim and consisted of hand washing(5 questions), personal protective clothingmanagement(5 questions), contaminated appliance management(3 questions), sterilization(3 questions), and infection controlenvironment(8 questions). The empowerment instrument was score by Likert 5 scale and the mean was 3.83 points. Based on 3.83,infection control recognition and practice were divided into upper group and lower group. Cronbach alpha was 0.951 inempowerment, 0.931 in recognition, and 0.924 in practice in the study. Results: Based on the average points of 3.83, the groups were divided into two groups including upper group and lower group. Theupper group showed higher score in hand washing than the lower group. In the protective clothing management, the upper groupchanged the mask at one-hour interval(p<0.001). Conclusions: In the viewpoint of empowerment, it had a significant influence on the perception and practice of the dental infectioncontrol in the dental hygienists.

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