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Occupational stress, work-home interference and burnout among Belgian veterinary practitioners

Occupational stress, work-home interference and burnout among Belgian veterinary practitioners,Isabelle Hansez

Occupational stress, work-home interference and burnout among Belgian veterinary practitioners   (Citations: 2)
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There have been few formal studies on stress in veterinary surgeons and, in the rare studies available, stress is not examined jointly through the levels of job strain and job engagement, the sources of stress in the issue of work environment and the work-home interference. The authors' goal in this study was to analyse job engagement, job strain, burnout, work-home interference and job stress factors among 216 Belgian veterinary surgeons. Rural practice was compared to small animal and mixed activity. The mean job strain and job engagement level in veterinary surgeons was not higher than what we found in other working populations. However, 15.6 % of the group were found to be suffering from high burnout. Rural practitioners had a lower level of job engagement than small animal veterinary surgeons. These small animal practitioners had a lower level of job strain than the mixed practitioners. The level of burnout did not differ significantly across the three types of activity. In comparison to other Belgian and Dutch workers, veterinary surgeons perceived more negative work- home interference. Bovine and mixed practitioners were the most concerned with this problem. The two most important sources of stress reported by bovine practitioners were relations to farmers and working time management (including emergencies and availability).
Published in 2008.
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    • ...The mean WHI_N score for the sample is higher than for a sample of the working population from the Netherlands [16] and lower than for Belgian veterinary surgeons [20]...
    • ...The mean WHI_P score for the sample is higher than for the sample of the working population from the Netherlands [16] and lower than for Belgian veterinary surgeons [20]...

    David J. Bartramet al. A cross-sectional study of mental health and well-being and their asso...

    • ...Hansez et al. [33], Belgium 10 Cross-sectional survey completed by 216...
    • ...In a study of Belgian veterinarians, 14% experienced high job strain and the same proportion suffered from high levels of burnout, although levels of job satisfaction remained relatively high [33]...
    • ...[33], Belgium Stress ‘Job engagement’ sub-scale mean (sd) = 54.06 (8.89) Main sources of stress (from open ended question): 1. Client relations, 2. Working time management, 3. Occupational risks (1) Positive and Negative Occupational Stress...
    • ...Results of three high-quality studies suggested that veterinarians work 44‐54 h per week [27, 33, 63]...
    • ...The effect of work-life balance on wellbeing in the veterinary profession was investigated in two high-quality studies [33, 63]...
    • ...In both, veterinary working life was found to have more of a negative effect on home life than in other professions [33]...
    • ...Being on call out of hours had an effect on energy levels for 24% Being on call had major effect on family life for 40%, no effect for 14% Hansez et al. [33],...
    • ...Work-life balance Hansez et al. [33], Belgium...

    Belinda Plattet al. Suicidal behaviour and psychosocial problems in veterinary surgeons: a...

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