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Sharon Xuereb


Perceived quality of care and burnout affects psychiatric care workers profession-ally and physically. Psychiatric caregivers working in forensic facilities encounter negative changes with perceived quality of care and burnout when working with offender patients. Recognizing the variables that lead to burnout and perceived quality of care may assist professionals and organizations with the information needed to prevent burnout and poor perceived quality of care among psychiatric caregivers. Using self-efficacy theory as a framework, this correlational design examined whether years of experience, self-efficacy, and caseload complexity predict burnout and perceived quality of care. A total of 148 psychiatric caregiver participants completed questionnaires comprised of the Maslach Burnout Inventory-HSS, General Self-efficacy Scale, and Quality of Care Measures (staff-form), along with demographic questions. Multiple regression determined that self-efficacy and years of experience significantly predicted personal accomplishment, which is a subscale of burnout. However, self-efficacy did not predict of depersonalization or emotional exhaustion the other 2 subscales of burnout. Self-efficacy was also found to be a positive predictor of perceived quality of care. The research findings have the potential to influence social change by providing professionals and organizations a better under-standing of the factors that influence burnout and perceived quality of care when work-ing with offender patients. In relation, improvements in trainings, interventions, and strat-egies for positive employee well-being and increased patient care could possibly reduce burnout and increase perceived quality of care.