Journal Article

Dentists' perceptions of occupational hazards and preventive measures in East Jerusalem

2006
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Abstract

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.

Year
2006
Language
English
Date Published
Jan-Mar
Volume
12
Pages
153-60
Accession Number
17037233
ISBN Number
1020-3397 (Print)1020-3397 (Linking)
Journal Name
East Mediterr Health J
Keywords
Attitude of Health Personnel
Occupational Exposure
adverse effects
prevention & control
Accidents
Occupational
psychology
Adaptation
Psychological
Burnout
Professional
etiology
Dentists
Organization & administration
Health Knowledge
Attitudes
Practice
Health Services Needs and Demand
Hepatitis B
transmission
HIV Infections
Human Engineering
Humans
Infection Control
Methods
Infectious Disease Transmission
Interprofessional Relations
Israel
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Occupational Diseases
Occupational Health
Patient-to-Professional
Questionnaires
Risk Factors
Self Care
Taxes
Urban Population