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Title: The relationship between burnout and empathy in physiotherapists: a cross-sectional study
Author: Rodríguez-Nogueira, Òscar
Leirós Rodríguez, Raquel
Pinto Carral, Arrate
Álvarez-Álvarez, Maria José
Fernández-Martínez, Elena
Moreno Poyato, Antonio Rafael
Keywords: Empatia
Síndrome d'esgotament professional
Relacions psicoterapeuta-pacient
Burn out (Psychology)
Physical therapy
Psychotherapist and patient
Issue Date: 4-Apr-2022
Publisher: Finnish Medical Society Duodecim
Abstract: Background: There have been few studies carried out into empathy in physiotherapists. Burnout can debilitate the quality of care and the efficacy of treatment as the empathetic capacity of the professional diminishes. Objective: The objective of the study was to examine the association between the construct burnout, empathy and sociodemographic aspects in Spanish physiotherapists. Methods: A cross-sectional electronic survey including the Maslach Burnout Inventory (for burnout assessment), the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (for empathy assessment) and sociodemographic data was answered by 461 Spanish physical therapists. A descriptive, bivariate and lineal regression analysis was performed. Results: There was an association between burnout and empathy. Specifically, higher levels of burnout are associated with lower levels of empathy, whilst years of work experience is associated with lower levels of burnout. Conclusions: The results of this study contribute to a greater understanding of the relationship between the level of burnout and the dimensions of empathy in physiotherapists. The influence of burnout, which causes difficulties in the mobilization of the professional towards the establishment of a quality therapeutic relationship, is highlighted.
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It is part of: Annals of Medicine, 2022, vol. 54, num. 1, p. 933-940
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ISSN: 0785-3890
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Infermeria de Salut Pública, Salut mental i Maternoinfantil)

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