Task shifting, interprofessional collaboration and education in oral health care

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    Nowadays several dental treatments with different supervision requirements (task shifting) can be performed by dental hygienists. During the PhD research of Jan Jaap Reinders opinions of dentists and dental hygienists regarding this policy were investigated. In addition, a new psychological approach was investigated which was developed to enhance collaboration and the sharing of tasks.
    Opinions regarding task shifting were only partially shared among dentists and dental hygienists, independent dental hygiene practice was least preferred by most dentists, and dentists were perceived as the most dominant profession. The new psychological approach is based on a specific way of facilitating competition with reciprocity as performance indicator. This approach increased interprofessional equality and changed opinions regarding the sharing of dental treatment tasks. Thus, competition cannot only divide but also unite different professions. The focus of this competition can determine their collaborative style. Finally, an ‘extended professional identity theory’ and a ‘meta-model of interprofessional development’ were developed.
    Translated title of the contributionTaakherschikking, interprofessionele samenwerking en onderwijs in de mondzorg
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Groningen
    • van der Schans, Cornelis, Supervisor
    • Stegenga, Boudewijn, Supervisor
    • Krijnen, Wim, Co-supervisor
    Award date26-Mar-2018
    Place of Publication[Groningen]
    Print ISBNs978-94-034-0483-7
    Electronic ISBNs978-94-034-0482-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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