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The Relationship of Safety with Burnout for Mobile Health Employees

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School of Psychology, Burwood Campus, Deakin University, Geelong 3006, Australia
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School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University, 6230 South Street, Halifax, NS B3H 3J5, Canada
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Telfer School of Management, 55 Laurier Av. E. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada
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School of Nursing, Room 122, Forrest Bldg., Dalhousie University 5869 University Avenue, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada
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Centre for Organizational Research & Development, Box 220, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, NS B4P 2R6, Canada
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Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University, Room 3112, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada
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Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(7), 1461; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15071461
Received: 9 June 2018 / Revised: 3 July 2018 / Accepted: 6 July 2018 / Published: 11 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Occupational Safety and Health)
Objective: The study examined the relationship of occupational safety with job burnout. Design: The study used a cross-sectional survey design. Setting: The setting was Nova Scotia, Canada. Participants: Mobile health employees (N = 156) completed surveys on road safety, workload, burnout and supervisor incivility. Main outcome measure: The main outcome measure was the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Results: Results found that safety concerns improved the prediction of exhaustion beyond that provided by workload concerns alone. Further, confidence in safety buffered the relationship of exhaustion with cynicism such that the exhaustion/cynicism relationship was stronger for employees who had lower confidence in road safety. Conclusions: Employees’ confidence in occupational safety while addressing work responsibilities on the road has implications for their experience of job burnout. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobility; burnout; safety; healthcare; incivility; workload mobility; burnout; safety; healthcare; incivility; workload
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Leiter, M.P.; Jackson, L.; Bourgeault, I.; Price, S.; Kruisselbrink, A.; Barber, P.G.; Nourpanah, S. The Relationship of Safety with Burnout for Mobile Health Employees. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1461.

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