Department of Physical Therapy Student Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

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Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

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Purpose: To prioritize job satisfaction factors that may assist physical therapy directors in developing their most effective recruitment strategies.

Subjects: 106 licensed physical therapists throughout the state of Florida.

Method: An 18 question survey was sent to 300 subjects consisting of factors that influenced physical therapists job satisfaction. Demographics regarding gender, current employment position, current employment setting, number of years working as a physical therapist, current age, marital status, and number of children was included.

Results: When ranked by frequency of responses and percentages the top five job satisfaction factors that physical therapists chose were staff interpersonal relationships, geographical location, salary, available flexible hours, and benefits. Chi-square analysis and cross tabulations revealed no significant relationships between the physical therapists' current employment position and the importance of salary.

Conclusion: Physical therapy directors that consider the prioritization of job satisfaction factors might be more effective in their hiring and retention of therapists.


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