Evaluation of musculoskeletal injuries, fatigue, and job satisfaction of physiotherapists in Turkey


Yakut H., YAKUT Y.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF PHYSIOTHERAPY REHABILITATION-FIZYOTERAPI REHABILITASYON, vol.22, no.2, pp.74-80, 2011 (ESCI) identifier identifier

Abstract

Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate work related musculoskeletal problems of the physical therapists working in different fields and find out if there was a difference between injury percentages, fatigue severity, job satisfaction among different profession fields. Material and methods: Physiotherapists had at least one year of experience and belonged to four profession fields which were children (N=152), general (N=99), orthopedic (N=27) and neurology (N=21). Injury percentages, fatigue severity, job satisfaction, number of injuries and patient contact time were assessed. Results: In general physiotherapy, 74% of therapists had more than one injury. In orthopedics, 30% had only one injury. Patient contact time was maximum in the general physiotherapy (33 hrs). Fatigue severity score was 38 and maximum in general physiotherapy and job satisfaction score was 7 and maximum in orthopedics (p<0.05). Conclusion: The highest injury rates were seen in the therapists working in general physiotherapy and neurology. Therapists working in orthopedics had lowest degree of fatigue whereas therapists working in the general area had the maximum. When we evaluate the job satisfaction results among these groups, therapists working in orthopedic area had the maximum values and therapists working in the general area had the lowest values.