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Needs of revision of dental hygienist-related medical law

  • Journal of Korean society of Dental Hygiene
  • Abbr : J Korean Soc Dent Hyg
  • 2016, 16(5), pp.677-685
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Dental Hygiene
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Dentistry

KIM SUN-IL 1 Mi-Kyoung Jun 2 Sun-Mi Lee 3

1강릉원주대학교 구강과학연구소
2연세대학교 치과대학 예방치과학교실
3동남보건대학교

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ABSTRACT

Objectives: The purpose of the study was to investigate the basic materials required for law revision regarding dental hygienists through perceptions and opinions of legislation amendments. Methods: The study was conducted from April 23, 2016. A self-reported questionnaire was completed by 797 dental hygienists in Seoul and Gyeonggido after receiving informed consent from institutional review board (IRB No. PO1‐201602‐23‐001). Results: Necessity for dental hygienist-related medical law revision accounted for 92.4% and 85.4% of dental hygienists replied that specialized dental hygienist system must be established. The reasons for medical law revision were as follows; roles and education of medical technicians (60.6%), settlement of medical legal problems (48.0%), cooperation with other organizations (29.0%), political negotiations (17.4%), and national consensus (9.5%). The score for ‘possible to get legal protection by the system establishment of roles and work scope of dental hygienists’ was 4.11 of 5 points. Conclusions: It is important to establish the job scope of dental hygienist. The revision of dental hygienist-related law will help to enhance the status of dental hygienists as professional medical technicians in the future.

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