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The prevalence of burnout amongst therapists working in private physical rehabilitation centers in South Africa : a descriptive study

dc.contributor.authorDu Plessis, Theresaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorVisagie, Suronaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMji, Gubelaen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-07T07:39:05Z
dc.date.available2016-12-07T07:39:05Z
dc.date.issued2014-08en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationDu Plessis, T., Visagie, S. & Mji, G. 2014. The prevalence of burnout amongst therapists working in private physical rehabilitation centers in South Africa : a descriptive study. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 44(2):11-16.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2310-3833 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0038-2337 (print)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/99950
dc.descriptionCITATION: Du Plessis, T., Visagie, S. & Mji, G. 2014. The prevalence of burnout amongst therapists working in private physical rehabilitation centers in South Africa : a descriptive study. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 44(2):11-16.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.sajot.co.za
dc.description.abstractHealth care service providers are at risk of burnout due to the nature of their jobs and their personalities. No research has been published on the prevalence and causes of burnout in therapists working in physical rehabilitation units in South Africa. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of burnout and identify causes in therapists working in physical rehabilitation in South Africa. A descriptive, quantitative study was done. Study participants comprised 49 therapists (14 occupational therapists, 13 physiotherapists, 7 therapy assistants, 4 social workers, 1 dietician, 5 speech therapists and 5 psychologists) from six private rehabilitation units in South Africa. No sampling was done. The prevalence of burnout was established with the Maslach Burnout Inventory Manual (MBI). Demographic and employment data were gathered through a questionnaire. MBI scores were categorised as high, moderate or low on the subscales of emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation and decreased personal accomplishment. The maximum likelihood and chi-squared tests were used for statistical analysis. A p value of <0.05 was deemed statistically significant. The prevalence of burnout was high: 57.14% suffered from emotional exhaustion, 20.40% from depersonalisation and 38.77% from decreased personal accomplishment. Not having children (p = 0.029), poor coping skills (0.031), an overwhelming workload (0.039),and poor work environment (0.021) had a statistically significant relationship with emotional exhaustion. An overwhelming patient load (0.012), seldom achievable deadlines (0.036), postponing contact with patients (0.02) and poor work environment (0.04) had a statistically significant relationship with depersonalisation. Male gender (0.023), not having children (0.038), less than four years of tertiary education (0.036), low income levels (0.022), high administration load (0.003) and postponing contact with patients (0.011) had a statistically significant relationship with personal accomplishment. Ensuring on-going support emotional support and job satisfaction of therapists is important if an institution is to provide continuing quality rehabilitation services.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.sajot.co.za/index.php/sajot/article/view/197
dc.format.extent6 pagesen_ZA
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherOccupational Therapy Association of South Africa
dc.subjectPhysical therapistsen_ZA
dc.subjectBurn out (Psychology)en_ZA
dc.subjectHealth care personnelen_ZA
dc.subjectMedical rehabilitationen_ZA
dc.subjectRehabilitation centers -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.titleThe prevalence of burnout amongst therapists working in private physical rehabilitation centers in South Africa : a descriptive studyen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
dc.rights.holderOccupational Therapy Association of South Africa


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