Occupational therapy fieldwork educators: Examining professional quality of life

Source avec lien : Work, 70(2). 10.3233/WOR-213586

Le but de cette recherche était de : 1) d’évaluer les niveaux actuels d’usure de compassion, de satisfaction de compassion et d’épuisement professionnel chez les éducateurs en ergothérapie sur le terrain au moyen de l’échelle de qualité de vie professionnelle (ProQOL), et 2) d’explorer comment les variables des caractéristiques professionnelles sont en corrélation et prédisent les constructions mesurées de l’usure de compassion, de l’épuisement professionnel et de la satisfaction de compassion.

BACKGROUND: Occupational therapy practitioners with the simultaneous working role of fieldwork educator support the growth of the profession by supervising students, but little is known about their reported burnout, compassion fatigue, and compassion satisfaction levels, and if specific work characteristics predict those levels. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this research was to: 1) assess the current levels of compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, and burnout in occupational therapy fieldwork educators through The Professional Quality of Life Scale (ProQOL), and 2) to explore how professional characteristic variables correlate and predict the measured constructs of compassion fatigue, burnout, and compassion satisfaction. METHODS: A cross-sectional design was used, and participants were recruited from a convenience sample to complete the ProQOL and a work characteristic questionnaire. RESULTS: On the average, 117 fieldwork educators scored higher on the subscale of compassion satisfaction when compared to those of the normed group. Linear regression analyses revealed that a higher number of roles and greater years working predicted higher compassion satisfaction. CONCLUSIONS: This study contributes to understanding the experiences of fieldwork educators in multiple roles, their reported levels of compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, and burnout, and the potential for development of personal, educational and organizational resources to support professional quality of life indicators within the role of fieldwork educator.

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