Background:- Occupational stress has now become a very common issue in the health care organizations. According to number of researched based articles, it is clear that within clinical settings work and performance is affected by occupational stress. As physiotherapy is still a growing field in Pakistan. There is a lack of authenticated data regarding the occupational stress among physiotherapists.
Objective:- Objective of the study was to compare the work related stress level in the physiotherapist working as clinicians and academicians.
Method:- A comparative cross sectional study was conducted. A valid questionnaire i.e. workplace stress scale was distributed among male and female PTs working in different setups. The sample size of 138 was calculated. Data was analyzed through independent T-Test.
Results:- Out of 86 participants from clinical workplaces, 21% had no stress, 32% had mild stress, 33 % had moderate stress, 14% had severe stress and 1% had potentially dangerous level of stress. Out of 52 participants from Academic workplaces 17% had no stress, 35% had mild stress, 29% had moderate stress, 16% had severe stress and 4% had potentially dangerous level of stress. P value of 0.73, was calculated through chi square test.
Conclusion:- There was no significant difference of occupational stress in physical therapists working as clinicians and academicians.
Keywords : Occupational Stress, Stress, Physiotherapist, Physical Therapy, Clinical Therapist, Academician.