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Occupational balance in health professionals in Sweden
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7964-7143
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Oral health. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Natural Science and Biomedicine. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2786-707X
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue). Futurum, Academy for Health and Care, Jönköping County Council, Jönköping, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7314-2622
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Center, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
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2017 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 24, no 1, 18-23 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Health care employees are often women, a group that has high degrees of sick leave and perhaps problems attaining occupational balance. However, people think differently about their everyday activities and it is therefore important to take their perceptions into account but occupational balance has not yet been measured in health professionals. The aim was to describe occupational balance in three different samples of health professionals in Sweden. A further aim was to investigate whether occupational therapists (OTs) rate their occupational balance differently from other health professionals.

Material and method: Four hundred and eighty-two health professionals, employees in public dentistry, mental health care and OTs, aged 21–70 years participated. The participants’ occupational balance was measured using the occupational balance questionnaire (OBQ).Results: The ratings of occupational balance were similar to earlier studies and did not differ significantly between the samples. The OTs’ occupational balance was also similar to that of the other health professionals.

Conclusion: The similarities in occupational balance indicate the same difficulties in attaining it.

Significance: The result highlights the possibility that working people face similar difficulties in achieving occupational balance. Further research is warranted about how to attain it.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 24, no 1, 18-23 p.
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Everyday life, health and well-being, occupational balance questionnaire (OBQ)
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Occupational Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31150DOI: 10.1080/11038128.2016.1203459ISI: 000392839900003PubMedID: 27385582Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84978972762OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-31150DiVA: diva2:950590
Available from: 2016-08-01 Created: 2016-08-01 Last updated: 2017-03-02Bibliographically approved

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