Use of complementary and alternative medicine for work-related pain correlates with career satisfaction among dental hygienists Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Chismark, Aubree Michelle
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Division of Allied Dental Education, Dental Hygiene Master's Program
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  • The purpose of this study was to determine if Registered Dental Hygienists (RDHs) who use Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP) have greater career satisfaction than those who use Conventional Therapy (CT). An electronic survey was sent to ADHA members (N=2431) in NC and CA. Data were analyzed using univariate and bivariate analyses, and logistic regression. Of the respondents, 76.5% (n=472) suffered from CMP. CAM users reported greater overall health (79.3% vs. 54.0%, p<0.001) and career satisfaction (59.2% vs. 39.0%, p<0.001) when compared to CT users. In conclusion, CAM therapies may improve quality of life and career satisfaction for RDHs suffering from CMP.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education in the Department of Dental Ecology, School of Dentistry."
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  • Curran, Alice E.
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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