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|Title:||How do dental students perceive profession demands?|
|Author(s):||Pinho, M. E.|
Vaz, M. A.
Campos, J. Reis
|Editor(s):||Jorge, R. M. Natal|
Campos, J. Reis
Tavares, João Manuel R. S.
Vaz, Mário A. P.
Santos, Sónia M.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Citation:||Pinho, M. E., Vaz, M. A., Campos, J. R., & Arezes, P. M. (2014). How do dental students perceive profession demands? Paper presented at the Biodental Engineering II - Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Biodental Engineering, BIODENTAL 2012.|
|Abstract(s):||This paper aims to study dental students’ perceptions on work demands and risk factors for the adoption of awkward working postures, and their association with socio-demographic variables. A self-administered questionnaire survey was carried out among dental students of 4th and 5th class years at the Faculty of Dental Medicine of the University of Porto. Results showed that participants perceive Oral Surgery, Paediatric Dentistry, Endodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics as the most demanding dental activities. Conversely, the majority of respondents reported visual demands, work precision, accessibility to the site to treat, fatigue, tasks duration, support of an assistant, required manual dexterity, stress and working tools location/position as important work-related risk factors for the adoption of awkward working postures. Although some statistically significant associations have been found between socio-demographic variables and either perceived work demands or perceived risk factors for the adoption of awkward working postures, no consistent pattern could be recognized.|
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