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Psychological Distress and Work Environment Perception by Physical Therapists from Southern Italy during COVID-19 Pandemic: The C.A.L.A.B.R.I.A Study

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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Catanzaro “Magna Graecia”, 88100 Catanzaro, Italy
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Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Catanzaro “Magna Graecia”, 88100 Catanzaro, Italy
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Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Department of Health Sciences, University of Eastern Piedmont, 28100 Novara, Italy
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Chief Medical Officer, ASST Fatebenefratelli-Sacco, 20157 Milan, Italy
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Translational Medicine, Dipartimento Attività Integrate Ricerca e Innovazione (DAIRI), Azienda Ospedaliera SS. Antonio e Biagio e Cesare Arrigo, 15121 Alessandria, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(18), 9676; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189676
Received: 7 August 2021 / Revised: 10 September 2021 / Accepted: 10 September 2021 / Published: 14 September 2021
The psychosocial impact of the work environment during the COVID-19 pandemic on health professionals is a growing issue. The present study examined specific psychosocial work environment indicators during the COVID-19 pandemic, through a multiple regression model of a self-administered cross-sectional online survey in a cohort of physical therapists from a region of Southern Italy from March 2020 to May 2021. The questionnaire contained items on work and healthcare issues related to COVID-19. Eighty physical therapists (29 male and 51 female), mean age 32.5 ± 10.1 years, were involved in this survey. The multiple regression analysis showed that “management activity” was significantly correlated to “therapist frustration” during the COVID-19 pandemic (ΔR2 = 0.16; p < 0.03). Findings of this study underline the importance of a healthy psychosocial work environment to enhance job satisfaction of all health professionals and to avoid role conflict and burnout syndrome during the COVID-19 pandemic. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; psychology; physical therapy; rehabilitation; work environment; healthcare; burnout; depression; healthcare workers COVID-19; psychology; physical therapy; rehabilitation; work environment; healthcare; burnout; depression; healthcare workers
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de Sire, A.; Marotta, N.; Raimo, S.; Lippi, L.; Inzitari, M.T.; Tasselli, A.; Gimigliano, A.; Palermo, L.; Invernizzi, M.; Ammendolia, A. Psychological Distress and Work Environment Perception by Physical Therapists from Southern Italy during COVID-19 Pandemic: The C.A.L.A.B.R.I.A Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 9676. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189676

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de Sire A, Marotta N, Raimo S, Lippi L, Inzitari MT, Tasselli A, Gimigliano A, Palermo L, Invernizzi M, Ammendolia A. Psychological Distress and Work Environment Perception by Physical Therapists from Southern Italy during COVID-19 Pandemic: The C.A.L.A.B.R.I.A Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(18):9676. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189676

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de Sire, Alessandro, Nicola Marotta, Simona Raimo, Lorenzo Lippi, Maria T. Inzitari, Anna Tasselli, Alessandra Gimigliano, Liana Palermo, Marco Invernizzi, and Antonio Ammendolia. 2021. "Psychological Distress and Work Environment Perception by Physical Therapists from Southern Italy during COVID-19 Pandemic: The C.A.L.A.B.R.I.A Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 18: 9676. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189676

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