J Korean Acad Oral Health.  2013 Dec;37(4):224-231.

Factors related to busyness of practicing dentists

  • 1Department of Preventive and Public Health Dentistry, Wonkwang University College of Dentistry, Iksan, Korea. smagn@wonkwang.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Dental Hygiene, Byuksung College, Gimje, Korea.


OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the busyness of dentists and analyzed factors related to busyness in these professionals.
The subjects were 243 practicing dentists. Surveys were carried out via mail. Busyness was measured by using the Mumma scale. The data were analyzed using the Kruskal-Wallis test.
The dentists' busyness index was 1.91. Of the participants, 40% of practicing dentists wanted more patients, 30.8% did not overwork but did not want more patients, and 27.1% overworked and did not want more patients. The busyness index was significantly related to the number of dental hygienists and dentists. However, it did not differ with respect to the number of assistant nurses.
The busyness index should be considered when developing relevant human resource plans.


Busyness index; Dental manpower; Supply and demand for dentists
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