TitleDentists' perceptions of occupational hazards and preventive measures in East Jerusalem
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsAl-Khatib, A, Ishtayeh, M, Barghouty, H, Akkawi, B
JournalEast Mediterr Health J
Date PublishedJan-Mar
ISBN Number1020-3397 (Print)<br/>1020-3397 (Linking)
Accession Number17037233
Keywords*Attitude of Health Personnel, *Occupational Exposure/adverse effects/prevention & control, Accidents, Occupational/prevention & control/psychology, Adaptation, Psychological, Burnout, Professional/etiology/*prevention & control/psychology, Dentists/organization & administration/*psychology, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Health Services Needs and Demand, Hepatitis B/prevention & control/transmission, HIV Infections/prevention & control/transmission, Human Engineering, Humans, Infection Control/methods, Infectious Disease Transmission,, Interprofessional Relations, Israel, Musculoskeletal Diseases/etiology/prevention & control, Occupational Diseases/etiology/*prevention & control, Occupational Health, Patient-to-Professional/methods/prevention & control, Questionnaires, Risk Factors, Self Care/methods/psychology, Taxes, Urban Population

Dentists, like other health professionals, are exposed to various occupational health problems, with specific ones of their own. A randomly distributed sample of 40 (42.2%) dentists working in East Jerusalem was interviewed. A questionnaire was used to detect their perception of occupational hazards. Most respondents were aware of biological hazards: 38% specifically mentioned hepatitis B virus and 13% human immunodeficiency virus. Perceived sources of stress included factors that coincided with international data, such as relationships with patients, physical strain and economic pressure, but also some specific to the Palestinian culture such as relationships with other dentists and Israeli occupation tax policy when dealing with the Arab dentists in East Jerusalem. Chemical dependency was not mentioned as a potential hazard.