Factors related to job satisfaction among Lithuanian dentists

Stomatologija. 2007;9(4):109-13.


The objective of this study was to evaluate the level of overall job satisfaction among Lithuanian dentists, to explore the satisfaction with different work environmental factors and relate it to overall job satisfaction.

Material and methods: All (N=2449) Lithuanian Dental Chamber members were sent a questionnaire. It comprised a 5-point Likert scale structured questions that were developed according to the Dentist Satisfaction Survey.

Results: The level of overall job satisfaction among Lithuanian dentists was 4.06 (95% CI 4.03-4.10) out of 5 of Lickert scale. The least satisfying work areas was social security (2.64, 95% CI 2.59-2.69) and income (2.79, 95% CI 2.74-2.84); the most satisfying area was patient (3.75, 95% CI 3.71-3.78) and professional relations (3.83, CI 3.79-3.87). Reasonable working hours (OR 6.71; 95% CI 1.19-37.75), satisfaction with professional evaluation and appreciation (OR 2.31; 95% CI 1.62-3.30) and income (OR 1.88; 95% CI 1.22-2.89) had the most significant positive impact on dentists' overall job satisfaction.

Conclusions: In general, Lithuanian dentists experience great job satisfaction. Postgraduate studies, not limited possibility for professional development has most positive impact for dentists' overall job satisfaction and work environmental factors are less important for it. Findings of this study show the issues that need special attention to increase the level of job satisfaction among Lithuanian dentists and thus improve all dental care system.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Dentist-Patient Relations
  • Dentists* / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Income
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Lithuania
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Professional Practice
  • Social Security
  • Staff Development
  • Time Factors
  • Workplace