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Burnout among physiotherapists and length of service

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International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health

Abstract

Objectives

The aim of this study was to identify factors that contribute to the development of burnout among physiotherapists with different length of service in physiotherapy.

Material and Methods

The following research tools were used to study burnout: the Life Satisfaction Questionnaire (LSQ), based on FLZ (Fragebogen zur Lebenszufriedenheit) by Frahrenberg, Myrtek, Schumacher, and Brähler; the Burnout Scale Inventory (BSI) by Steuden and Okła; and an ad hoc questionnaire to collect socio-demographic data. The survey was anonymous and voluntary and involved a group of 200 active physiotherapists working in Poland.

Results

A statistical analysis revealed significant differences in overall life satisfaction between length-of-service groups (p = 0.03). Physiotherapists with more than 15 years of service reported greater satisfaction than those with less than 5 years and between 5 and 15 years of service. The results suggest that burnout in those with 5–15 years of service is higher in physiotherapists working in health care centers and increases with age and greater financial satisfaction, while it decreases with greater satisfaction with friend and family relations and greater satisfaction with one’s work and profession. In those with more than 15 years of service, burnout increases in the case of working in a setting other than a health care or educational center and decreases with greater satisfaction with one’s work and profession.

Conclusions

Job satisfaction and a satisfying family life prevent burnout among physiotherapists with 5–15 years of service in the profession. Financial satisfaction, age and being employed in health care may cause burnout among physiotherapists with 5–15 years of service. Physiotherapists with more than 15 years of service experience more burnout if they work in a setting other than a health care or educational center and less burnout if they are satisfied with their profession.

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Śliwiński, Z., Starczyńska, M., Kotela, I. et al. Burnout among physiotherapists and length of service. IJOMEH 27, 224–235 (2014). https://doi.org/10.2478/s13382-014-0248-x

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