Department of Physical Therapy Student Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

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Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

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Purpose: To describe the components contributing to job satisfaction in physical therapy.

Subjects: 350 surveys were mailed to licensed physical therapists in Dade, Pinellas, and Duval counties in Florida. A total of 127 surveys were used to calculate the results.

Methods: The Index of Work Satisfaction (IWS) questionnaire with the addition of demographic data was used in this study. The IWS is composed of two parts, paired comparisons and an attitude questionnaire. The measured variables were autonomy, pay, professional status, interaction, task requirements, and organizational policies.

Results: Autonomy was found to be the most important factor to physical therapists level of job satisfaction. Frequencies were obtained for all of the demographic variables. Analyses of variance were conducted to determine whether any of the demographic variables collected explained a significant portion of variance in job satisfaction scores. Three significant findings emerged. Physical therapists with more than ten years experience expressed more satisfaction in their job as well as autonomy than those in the profession did for less than ten years.

Conclusion: The ability to measure job satisfaction provides a framework for change within an organization.


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