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Sanna-Maria Mertala, Outi Kanste, Sirpa Keskitalo-Leskinen, Jonna Juntunen & Pirjo Kaakinen (2022) Job Satisfaction among Occupational Therapy Practitioners: A Systematic Review of Quantitative Studies, Occupational Therapy In Health Care, 36:1, 1-28, DOI: 10.1080/07380577.2021.1964146

Job satisfaction among occupational therapy practitioners : a systematic review of quantitative studies

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Author: Mertala, Sanna-Maria1; Kanste, Outi1; Keskitalo-Leskinen, Sirpa1;
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-08-30


A comprehensive description of the factors associated with job satisfaction among occupational therapy practitioners is needed to promote their work well-being. This systematic review aimed to describe occupational therapy practitioners’ job satisfaction and the related intra-, inter-, and extra-personal factors. Original peer-reviewed studies published between 2010 and 2019 were retrieved from four databases with the review including fourteen studies. The review was conducted according to the Joanna Briggs Institute guideline. The data were analyzed by narrative synthesis. Occupational therapy practitioners experienced high job satisfaction. Job satisfaction was found to be associated with significantly lower rates of turnover intention and higher rates of rewards. The relationships between job satisfaction, professional identity, exhaustion, and social environment showed conflicting results.

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Series: Occupational therapy in health care
ISSN: 0738-0577
ISSN-E: 1541-3098
ISSN-L: 0738-0577
Volume: 36
Issue: 1
Pages: 1 - 28
DOI: 10.1080/07380577.2021.1964146
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
Copyright information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.