Rationalisation in public dental care – impact on clinical work tasks and mechanical exposure for dentists – a prospective study

D. Jonker, B. Rolander, I. Balogh, L. Sandsjö, K. Ekberg, Jørgen Winkel

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    Abstract

    Swedish dentistry has been exposed to frequent rationalisation initiatives during the last half century. Previous research has shown that rationalisation often results in increased risk of developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders, thus reducing sustainability in the production system. In the present prospective study we assessed mechanical exposures among Swedish dentists in relation to specific rationalisations of clinical dental work during a six-year period. Body postures and movements of 12 dentists were assessed by inclinometry synchronised to video recordings of their work. No rationalisation effects could be shown in terms of a reduction in non-Value-Adding Work (‘waste’); and at job level no major differences in mechanical exposure could be shown between baseline and follow-up. Conclusion: the present rationalisation measures in dentistry do not seem to result in rationalisation at job level, but may potentially be more successful at the overall dental system level.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalErgonomics
    Volume56
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)303-313
    ISSN0014-0139
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • Loss analysis
    • Sustainable production system
    • Inclinometry
    • Video analysis

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