Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Physical Therapy (M.S.)

Degree Program

Physical Therapy


This research study attempts to explore staff physical therapists job mobility as it relates to job satisfaction. It discusses the use of intrinsic and extrinsic motivators and their affect on job mobility and job satisfaction in the hospital setting. Several key motivators were identified as they relate to job satisfaction. The impact that these motivators have on the retention of staff physical therapists was examined. In addition, the importance of identifying the key motivators that affect job satisfaction is noted.; A questionnaire was constructed by the investigators and mailed to 337 physical therapists in the lower peninsula of Michigan who are employed at hospitals with greater than 200 beds. Three follow up interviews were conducted for further expansion on the topic of job mobility and job satisfaction. Regression analysis was used to analyze the data from the questionnaire. The data from the interviews was analyzed qualitatively.


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