The impact of the work conditions of allied health professionals on satisfaction, commitment and psychological distress

Rodwell, John, Noblet, Andrew, Demir, Defne and Steane, Peter 2009, The impact of the work conditions of allied health professionals on satisfaction, commitment and psychological distress, Health care management review, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 273-283.

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Title The impact of the work conditions of allied health professionals on satisfaction, commitment and psychological distress
Author(s) Rodwell, John
Noblet, Andrew
Demir, Defne
Steane, Peter
Journal name Health care management review
Volume number 34
Issue number 3
Start page 273
End page 283
Total pages 11
Publisher Lippincott William & Wilkins
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2009-07
ISSN 0361-6274
1550-5030
Summary BACKGROUND: Allied health professionals are integral to the effective delivery of hospital-based health care, yet little is known about the working conditions associated with the attitudinal and health outcomes of these employees.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which the demand-control-support model, in combination with organizational justice variables, predicts the employee-level outcomes of allied health professionals.

METHODOLOGY/APPROACH: Allied health professionals from an Australian health care organization were surveyed, with 113 (52.6%) participating. The survey included measures of job demands, job control, social support, organizational justice, satisfaction, commitment and psychological distress.

FINDINGS: Multiple regression analyses reveal that the additive demand-control-support model predicts the outcome variables of job satisfaction, organizational commitment and psychological distress, whereas the organizational justice variables predicted organizational commitment and psychological distress. Further, both work and nonwork sources of support, in addition to specific justice dimensions, were closely associated with employee-level outcomes.

PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS:
When coupled with previous research involving social support and organizational justice, the findings from this study suggest that initiatives aimed at strengthening supervisor and nonwork support, while enhancing perceptions of organizational fairness, may offer useful avenues for increasing the levels of satisfaction, commitment and well-being experienced by allied health professionals.
Language eng
Field of Research 111709 Health Care Administration
Socio Economic Objective 910402 Management
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Lippincott William & Wilkins
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020750

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