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Occupational health among swedish occupational therapists: A cross-sectional study
Department of Health Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5865-2632
Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
2020 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 17, no 10, article id 3379Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Swedish public sector is facing great challenges in recruiting and retaining healthcare professionals, due to increasing sick leave numbers. The aim of this study was to describe Swedish occupational therapists’ occupational health in terms of risk factors in the social and organizational work environment, occupational balance, and work-related mental health problems. A web survey was emailed to all working members of the Swedish Association of Occupational Therapists (n = 7600) and 3658 answered the survey. The web survey included questions on sociodemographic characteristics, social and organizational environment, occupational balance, and work-related health. The occupational therapists in general rated their workload as high, which was described as leading to increased stress, difficulties doing a good job, and increased job turnover. They also reported having difficulties maintaining occupational balance. Almost a fifth reported having symptoms related to mild incipient exhaustion or a pronounced exhaustion disorder. Almost 60 percent reported having, during the last year, seriously considered seeking new employment as an occupational therapist and 35 percent had seriously intended to leave their profession. In conclusion, there is an urgent need to improve the work situation of occupational therapists. If not, increases in mental health problems, sick leave and job turnover rates may seriously jeopardize the welfare system by eroding healthcare. © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

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Basel: MDPI, 2020. Vol. 17, no 10, article id 3379
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-43228DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17103379ISI: 000539300900036PubMedID: 32408696Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85086376654OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-43228DiVA, id: diva2:1507124
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Funding: This work was supported by the Swedish Association of Occupational Therapists and the Lund University Faculty of Medicine.

Available from: 2020-12-07 Created: 2020-12-07 Last updated: 2020-12-07Bibliographically approved

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