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Current status of dental hygiene educational institutions and dental hygienists’ employment in Korea

  • Journal of Korean society of Dental Hygiene
  • Abbr : J Korean Soc Dent Hyg
  • 2021, 21(6), pp.785-792
  • DOI : 10.13065/jksdh.20210077
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Dental Hygiene
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Dentistry
  • Received : November 10, 2021
  • Accepted : November 28, 2021
  • Published : December 30, 2021

Song-Yi Yang ORD ID 1 Soo-Min You 1 Hee-Yeon Lee 2 So Hyeon Lim 2 Joo-Young Chae 2 Seon-Hye Hwang 2 Sang-Hwan Oh 2

1건양대학교
2건양대학교 의과학대학 치위생학과

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ABSTRACT

Objectives: Dental hygienists are an essential human resource in dental service organizations. However, there are several important persisting problems faced by them, that need to be solved. The purpose of this study was to explore the current situation in dental hygiene education institutions, number of active dental hygienists, and employment distribution across South Korea. Methods: The study gathered statistics of dental hygiene educational institutions, the ratio of active dental hygienists and the number of dental hygienists working across South Korea from officially reviewed websites. Results: Daegu and Gyeongbuk regions house the most number of colleges with dental hygiene programs. The Daejeon and Chungnam regions had the most universities with dental hygiene programs. The activity ratio of dental hygienists decreased every year. Dental hygienists’ employment was highly focused in the Seoul and Gyeonggi provinces. Conclusions: The survey data can be used as basic data for future dental hygienist education to cope with the shortage of active dental hygienists and regional imbalances. This could prove useful to consider the employment of dental hygienists appropriately.

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