chapter  85
Working conditions and occupational risks in the physiotherapist’s activity
WithL.S. Costa, M. Santos
Pages 6

The assessment of working conditions is crucial to determine occupational risks. Physiotherapists during their work activity are increasingly faced with specialized and prolonged interventions. The aim of this study was to determine how physiotherapists characterize their working conditions and what risks they identify. The results show that physiotherapists recognize problems in their work conditions and characteristics. They are exposed to situations that generate discomfort, namely, emotional demands, painful postures and a complex, unrecognized and overwhelming activity. They mainly find risks related to dealing with the patients, to physical constraints and with the pace of work.