Edited by Ronald J. Burke, Andrew J. Noblet and Cary L. Cooper
Chapter 6: Work engagement among public and private sector dentists
Dentistry is a stressful occupation (Blinkhorn, 1992; Wilson et al., 1998). Several studies have shown that burnout (for instance, a job stress syndrome characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment) is by no means rare among dentists (for example, Gorter et al., 1998; Gorter, Eijkman and Hoogstraten, 2000; Humphries, 1998; Osborne and Croucher, 1994). Research has identified several job demands associated with job stress and burnout in the dentistry profession. In his review of the literature, Gorter (2000) concluded that demanding patient interactions, workload, time pressure, physical demands, and inflicting pain or fear are all possible causes of job stress in dentistry. How do dentists manage to cope with their job demands and stay engaged in their work? In the present chapter, we answer this question by investigating the working conditions of Finnish dentists. In this respect, the difference between the public and private sector is important. The dental law reforms carried out in Finland in the early 2000s are of particular concern for dentists working in the public sector.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.