Is dental technology heading towards feminisation?
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Objectives: The objective of the study is to investigate the existence of gender discrepancies in the dental technology workforce. The concurrent theme of “feminisation of dentistry” suggests that a gender diverse workforce is the likely outcome of the investigation as well as raising the question of whether the workforce of dental technology is heading towards feminisation. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire was devised and issued to participating dental laboratories (n=42) in areas politically classed as South Wales. Results: The sample was reduced to 39 due to drop out of three participants. A total of seven questionnaires was returned denoting a response rate of 17.95%. Findings from this investigation were similar to the demographics of dentistry in certain aspects. Despite this, gender discrepancies do exist with more qualified male dental technicians (QMDTs) than qualified female dental technicians (QFDTs) and more non-qualified female dental technicians (NQFDTs) than non-qualified male dental technicians (NQMDTs) recorded in this investigation. Conclusion: As a result of varying results to whether if the workforce of dental technology is heading towards feminisation, the question has yet to be answered. Prior to this investigation, very little was known about the dental technology workforce in terms of gender demographics. However, due to the small sample size, results from this investigation are difficult to generalise and draw conclusions from.
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