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Physical and health work conditions for brazilian dental surgeons and their satisfaction with public job

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Milene Silva, School of Dentistry - Araçatuba Campus - Social and Preventive Dentistry Graduate Program, Unesp - Univ. Estadual Paulista, Araçatuba/SP, Brazil
Cléa Garbin, Araçatuba Dental School, 248295, Araçatuba/SP, Brazil
Tânia Adas Saliba Rovida, Araçatuba Dental School, Sao Paulo State University UNESP, Araçatuba
Orlando Saliba, Univ. Estadual Paulista, Araçatuba, Brazil
Suzely Moimaz, Araçatuba Dental School, Sao Paulo State University UNESP, Araçatuba/SP, Brazil
Objectives: Evaluate the view of dentists that works in public health system about physical and health work conditions and their public job satisfaction. Methods: In this investigation and cross-sectional study, it was used an instrument like a script for interview, performed by four trained researchers with 40 dentists from 10 cities of São Paulo State, Brazil. The follow variables were studied: satisfaction with the work environment; maintenance, time of use and satisfaction with the equipment; biosecurity aspects. Results: About wok environment, 49% of total considered it like uncomfortable, 45% demonstrated dissatisfaction with space cooling, 45% with noises, 20% with cleaning and 37,5% with size of dental office. Among all participants, 92,6% couldn't give attendance for patient due broken equipments, and 90% of total, cited that the equipments received maintenance to fix it. About the use status of equipments, 40% of dentists informed that dental unit were in bad or terrible conditions, and 37,5% referred to dental chair. A large part (32,5%) informed that the equipments and dental chair had more than 24 years of use. In 55% of work locals the sterilization of instruments was performed using oven, 35% of professionals worked without dental auxiliaries and 22,5% demonstrated dissatisfaction with biosecurity. However, 92.5% were satisfied with public job. Conclusions: A large part of dentists showed dissatisfaction with physical conditions, although the public job satisfaction had been cited. The absence of dental auxiliaries, ideal ways of sterilization and preventive maintenance of equipments can damage the quality of health service.

Learning Areas:

Environmental health sciences
Occupational health and safety

Learning Objectives:
Identify and describe the healthy and work conditions of Brazilian dentists in public health service (SUS), because when we can list all the irregular work conditions, we can discuss with the governments and define better and adequate forms to offer services with quality for population and saving the worker´s health.

Keyword(s): Public Health, Occupational Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been teaching at University over than 20 years and since 2011 I´ve been recognised as full professor. I have been worked with public health many years ago specially in researches about public health policies, public health management, health for pregnant women, health for the elderly, and other areas.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.