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dc.contributor.authorBhayat, Ahmed
dc.contributor.authorYengopal, Veerasamy
dc.contributor.authorRudolph, Michael J.
dc.contributor.authorNaidoo, Urvashnee
dc.contributor.authorVayej, Ahmed
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T15:40:08Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T15:40:08Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.date.modified2011-08-30T06:20:35Z
dc.identifier.issn16015029
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1601-5037.2007.00282.x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/40454
dc.description.abstractCompulsory Community Service (CCS) was introduced into the health service by the government to address the shortage and maldistribution of health professionals within the public sector. The aim of this study was to assess the perceptions of oral hygiene (OH) students, registered in 2004 at the five dental universities regarding the introduction of a 1-year-long CCS. Objectives: To determine: (a) the students' socio-demographic profile and (b) their attitudes towards CCS. Methods: A self-administered questionnaire was hand delivered to all OH students who were registered during 2004 at the respective dental universities. Results: The study yielded a response rate of 70% (109) with the average age of participants being 21.4 years. Most students were female (94%) and more than half were White (52%). More than half (53%) did not want to perform CCS even though 75% acknowledged its' importance. The most common concern for not supporting CCS was security (89%). Ninety per cent (90%) indicated that their preferred tasks would be to engage in clinical work and oral health promotion. Conclusion: Although the majority of participants supported the principles of CCS, a significant number were against the introduction citing security as their main concern. Most of the students preferred to perform clinical work and preventive programmes during their CCS.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
dc.publisher.placeUnited States
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom8
dc.relation.ispartofpageto12
dc.relation.ispartofissue1
dc.relation.ispartofjournalInternational Journal of Dental Hygiene
dc.relation.ispartofvolume6
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchDentistry not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchDentistry
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode110599
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1105
dc.titleAttitudes of South African oral hygienists towards compulsory community service
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.date.issued2008
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorGovender, Urvashnee


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