Jurga Indriūnienė, Indrė Nakutavičiūtė, Inga Muntianaitė, Rūta Petravičienė, Rūta Dadelienė
Medical professionals experience more work-related stress than other specialties, furthermore, many results of different researches have shown that the level of stress continues to grow. When stress persists, it becomes chronic and negatively affects a person’s physical and mental health. Work-related stress is associated not only with burnout, exhaustion, but also with increased morbidity, chronic diseases and especially with cardiovascular disorders. The aim of our research was to determine the relationship between work-related stress, burnout and aerobic capacity among physiotherapists. The research included 30 participants, who completed two questionnaires about stress and burnout and performed two tests for aerobic capacity evaluation. 80 percent of physiotherapists were experiencing low, medium or high level stress. Burnout was found in 23 percent of participants. 64 percent of subjects’ aerobic capacity was evaluated as average and 16 percent of subjects had poor and very poor aerobic capacity. 20 percent of the participants’ tonus of sympathetic part of autonomic nervous system was normal and they were considered healthy, but not physically trained. After statistical analysis there was no statistically significant relationship found between physiotherapists’ stress or burnout and aerobic capacity.
Keyword(s): physiotherapists, work-related stress, burnout, aerobic capacity.