Saudi Dental Hygienists’ Attitudes and Opinions Regarding Establishing a Professional Association Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
  • Joufi, Ahlam
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Division of Allied Dental Education, Dental Hygiene Master's Program
  • Professional associations provide resources for members to enhance their careers. Although dental hygiene has been licensed profession in Saudi Arabia since 1980, there is no professional association. Purpose: To assess attitudes and opinions of Saudi dental hygienists regarding establishing a professional association. Methods: After IRB exemption, a cross sectional survey using Qualtrics was utilized A link to the survey was sent to 101 Saudi dental hygienists. Results: Seventy-seven responded a response rate of 70.3%. Most (91.5%, n=65) favored the establishment of a professional association. In addition, 88.1% (n = 59) responded that it would promote professional development and 86.6% (n=58) agreed that their professional needs could be met. Half of those who opposed its creation believed it would promote professional development and meet their professional needs. Conclusion: Saudi dental hygienists support the establishment of a professional association and feel that it would promote the profession and meet their professional needs.
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  • Brame, Jennifer
  • Wilder, Rebecca S.
  • Curran, Alice E.
  • Master of Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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