PNF and Movement 2021; 19(2): 225-231
Correlation Between Work Fatigue Caused by COVID-19 and Occupational Burnout -Regression Analysis of Occupational Stress in Physiotherapists-
Sang-Yeol Lee, P.T., Ph.D.⋅Su-Hong Choi, P.T., Ph.D.1†⋅In-Gyun Kim, P.T., M.S.2⋅ Kang-O Oh, P.T., M.S.3⋅Sung-Young Yoon, P.T., M.S.4⋅Him Seok, P.T., M.S.4⋅Jae-Seok Heo, P.T., M.S.4
Department of Physical therapy, Kyungsung University
1Pusan National University Hospital
2Changwon Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine
3New Busan Hospital
4Department of Physical Therapy, Graduated school of Kyungsung University
Correspondence to: Su-Hong Choi (
Received: July 6, 2021; Revised: July 13, 2021; Accepted: July 15, 2021; Published online: August 31, 2021.
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Purpose: This study was conducted to investigate the type of physical therapist response work and its intensity, along with the prolonged prevalence of COVID-19, to determine the impact on physical therapists’ occupational stress and occupational burnout.
Methods: An online survey was conducted with 118 physiotherapists and collected the participants’ gender, final educational background, clinical work experience, workplace type, additional workload, and fatigue associated with COVID-19. After excluding one participant who submitted an incomplete questionnaire, 117 respondents were included in the final data.
Results: Additional COVID-19-related workloads and response reliability for fatigue, occupational burnout, and occupational stress were shown to have Cronbach’s alpha measures of 0.76, 0.89, and 0.87, respectively. Groups who had experienced a new epidemic in the past showed higher fatigue levels (3.06±0.94) than those groups who had no such experience (2.49±0.84; p < 0.05). Correlation analysis of COVID-19 work fatigue and occupational burnout scales showed a positive correlation (r = 0.19; p < 0.05). The regression of occupational burnout and occupational stress showed a regression model of Y = 20.00+0.43X1 (X1: job stress; p< 0.05) and an explanatory power of 24.8% with an adj.R2 = 0.25.
Conclusion: Based on the results, it is suggested that various institutions, such as medical institutions, educational institutions, and physiotherapists’ associations, should seek ways to manage and alleviate physiotherapists’ stress.
Keywords: COVID-19 work, Occupational burnout, Occupational stress

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