Date of Paper/Work

2011

Type of Paper/Work

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy

Department

Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Karen Sames, MBA, OTR/L, FAOTA

Abstract

Improving job satisfaction of occupational therapists can help reduce attrition rates and increase retention within the profession of occupational therapy. Using self-report questionnaires, this study seeks to gain a better understanding of how satisfied occupational therapists in Minnesota are with their jobs. In 2006, 3374 questionnaires were sent to licensed occupational therapy practitioners in the state of Minnesota. Data from the returned questionnaires indicated that occupational therapists in general were satisfied with their current jobs. Results also demonstrated that a larger percentage of participants with more years of experience agreed that non-OTs had a good understanding of what OT was and disagreed that there was adequate time for documentation compared to participants with fewer years of experience. This study will help to highlight certain factors that play a part in occupational therapists’ job satisfaction, as well differences between subgroups. Knowledge of factors that contribute to occupational therapists’ job satisfaction will help increase retention and keep positions filled, making occupational therapy services available to all who need them.

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