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Quality of Life and Job Satisfaction among Female Dentists in Japan

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  • Hayama Rika
    Department of Stomatognathic Function and Occlusal Reconstruction, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tokushima University
  • Kanemitsu Yukari
    Faculty of Dentistry, Tokushima University
  • Goda Chisato
    Faculty of Dentistry, Tokushima University
  • Abe Susumu
    Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tokushima University
  • Okura Kazuo
    Department of Stomatognathic Function and Occlusal Reconstruction, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tokushima University
  • Afroz Shaista
    Department of Stomatognathic Function and Occlusal Reconstruction, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tokushima University
  • Goto Nami
    Department of Stomatognathic Function and Occlusal Reconstruction, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tokushima University
  • Raju Resmi
    Department of Stomatognathic Function and Occlusal Reconstruction, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tokushima University
  • Dalanon Junhel
    Department of Stomatognathic Function and Occlusal Reconstruction, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tokushima University
  • Oshima Masamitsu
    Department of Stomatognathic Function and Occlusal Reconstruction, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tokushima University
  • Omar Marianito M. RODIS
    School of Oral Health and Welfare, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tokushima University
  • Okayama Yoshihiro
    Clinical Trial Center for Developmental Therapeutics, Tokushima University Hospital
  • Kawano Fumiaki
    Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tokushima University
  • Matsuka Yoshizo
    Department of Stomatognathic Function and Occlusal Reconstruction, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tokushima University

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Abstract

Background: In the current social scene of Japan, there has been a steady growth of female dentists. Nevertheless, studies that delve into the female Japanese perceptions have been scarce.<br> Objectives: The purpose of this study was to determine the quality of life (QoL) and evaluate the factors affecting job satisfaction of female dentists in Japan.<br> Materials and Methods: Via a researcher-made questionnaire, a cross-sectional survey was done on a total of 156 Japanese female dentists.<br> Results: As per the outcome, 80.8% agreed that they have attained satisfaction with their QoL, while 30.8% strongly agreed. The job satisfaction factors were then listed in descending order of statistical significance as ownership type, having children, pursue PhD, marital status, and annual income. Multivariable logistic regression analysis showed significance in the participants' responses pertaining to ownership type (OR = 2.833, p = 0.013) and the pursuance of a post-graduate course immediately after attaining undergraduate education (OR = 0.425, p = 0.046).<br> Conclusion: Findings suggest that majority of the female dentists in Japan perceive to have attained satisfaction in their QoL. Actual ownership type and immediate pursuance of a post-graduate course were found to be the significant factors related to job satisfaction. This implies that Japanese universities and dental colleges should focus on promoting immediate post-graduate opportunities for female dental graduates.

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