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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

Ann Williams, PhD, PT

Second Advisor

Alta Hansen, PhD, PT


The problem under investigation was burnout in physical therapy. One hundred fourteen subjects surveyed nationwide met the criteria for inclusion in the study; 41% of these perceived themselves as burned out. None of the demographic factors including educational level were significantly related to perceived burnout. Differences between education levels were determined to exist as to predictors of burnout. Physical therapists with master's degrees chose organizational dysfunction significantly more often as a burn out predictor that did therapists with bachelor's degrees. Therapists with bachelor's degrees chose overwork significantly more often as a burnout predictor than did therapists with master's degrees. Both organizational and personal predictors were determined to be significant predictors of the five symptoms of burnout. Yet, organizational predictors were more strongly related to the symptoms as a whole than were personal predictors.


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