The first year of private practice - new graduate physiotherapists are highly engaged and satisfied but edging toward burnout

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Evans, Kerrie, Papinniemi, Amy, Vuvan, Viana, Nicholson, Vaughan, Dafny, Hila, Levy, Tamina and Chipchase, Lucy. (2022). The first year of private practice - new graduate physiotherapists are highly engaged and satisfied but edging toward burnout. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2022.2113005
AuthorsEvans, Kerrie, Papinniemi, Amy, Vuvan, Viana, Nicholson, Vaughan, Dafny, Hila, Levy, Tamina and Chipchase, Lucy
Abstract

Background
A greater understanding of physiotherapists’ work-life during their first year of work in private practice, and whether their experiences are mediated by personal traits, may provide valuable information to support their transition and retention.

Objectives
Describe the first year of practice for graduate physiotherapists in terms of employee engagement, job satisfaction, performance, and burnout, and evaluate the relationship between these measures and personal traits (resilience, grit, mind-set).

Design
One-year longitudinal mixed-methods study.

Methods
Twenty new graduate physiotherapists completed questionnaires evaluating resilience, grit, and mind-set within 1-week of commencing employment. Engagement and job satisfaction were evaluated at 3, 6 and 12-months, and burnout evaluated at 12-months. Performance data (number of patients seen, revenue) were collected throughout the year. Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted at baseline, 3, 9 and 12-months.

Results
Engagement and satisfaction were high at all time points. At 12-months, burnout was at a medium level. Resilience was positively associated with job satisfaction at 6 (ρ = 0.56, p = .019) and 12-months (ρ = 0.54, p = .027). Engagement (ρ = −0.57, p = .04) and job satisfaction (ρ = −0.56, p = .03) were negatively associated with burnout at 12-months. All participants remained passionate about their work although increasing administrative burden and patient complexity contributed to feelings of burnout.

Conclusions
Resilience was positively associated with job satisfaction suggesting those with capacity to ‘bounce back’ were more satisfied and engaged with their job. Although moderate levels of burnout were reported at 12-months, those with higher job satisfaction and employee engagement had lower levels of burnout. Participants proposed practical strategies to help mitigate burnout.

Keywordsgraduate preparedness; transition; resilience; grit; retention
Year2022
JournalPhysiotherapy Theory and Practice
Journal citationpp. 1-14
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0959-3985
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2022.2113005
PubMed ID35983750
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85136528660
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09593985.2022.2113005
Open accessPublished as non-open access
Research or scholarlyScholarly
Page range1-14
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Online19 Aug 2022
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Accepted08 Aug 2022
Deposited26 Jul 2023
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