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The journal has been published since 1988. It was established at the initiative of the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine in Łódź
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Konrad Rydzyński, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland

Life satisfaction and risk of burnout among men and women working as physiotherapists

Małgorzata Starczyńska 1, 3  ,  
Ireneusz Kotela 1, 4,  
Edward Kijak 7,  
Institute of Physiotherapy, Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce, Poland
Physiotherapy Center, Zgorzelec, Poland
Institute of Physiotherapy, Jan Kochanowski University, Żeromskiego 5, 25-369, Kielce, Poland
Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Central Clinical Hospital of Ministry of Internal Affairs, Warszawa, Poland
Department of Applied Psychology, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland
Department of Dental Physicodiagnostics and Propedeutics, Pomeranian Medical University, Szczecin, Poland
Department of Prosthodontics, Pomeranian Medical University, Szczecin, Poland
Int J Occup Med Environ Health 2014;27(3):400–412
Objectives: Recently in Poland as a result of the high rate of aging population and high rates of morbidity, a growing demand for the physiotherapist profession is observed. The results of this study can be used to formulate principles for better organization of physiotherapist's workplace in order to prevent occurrence of burnout. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of gender on satisfaction with life and burnout among active physiotherapists. Material and Methods: The survey was anonymous and voluntary, and involved a group of 200 active physiotherapists working in health care units and educational centers in Poland. The study group was selected randomly and incidentally. Each respondent received a demographic data sheet and a set of self-rating questionnaires (Life Satisfaction Questionnaire, Burnout Scale Inventory). Results: Burnout among men decreased along with increasing satisfaction with one's work and occupation, friends, relatives and acquaintances, sexuality, and increased due to greater satisfaction with one's housing status. Burnout among women decreased along with increasing satisfaction with one's health, free time and friends, relatives and acquaintances, and increased due to work at a setting other than a health care unit or educational center. Statistical analysis failed to reveal any significant differences with regard to the BSI domains and with regard to the overall burnout index as well as with regard to the assessment of satisfaction with life between female and male physiotherapists. Conclusions: Satisfaction with children, marriage and partnership, with one's work and occupation, interactions with friends, relatives and acquaintances and sexuality may contribute to reduction of burnout among men. Women who are satisfied with their children, family, health, free time and contacts with friends, relatives and acquaintances are less prone to burnout. Weak financial situation among women and deficiency of free time among men can induce burnout. Improving staff happiness may contribute to decreasing burnout.