ABSTRACT: Objectives: To study quality of work life of public health officers in three southern border provinces of Thailand including Yala, Naratiwat, and Pattanee. Materials and Methods: 533 public health officers, ranging in age between 20 and 60 years were selected by multi-stage random sampling. Data of this descriptive study were collected by interview. The comparative analysis was made by t-test and analysis of variance (F-test). Results: Public health officers mostly had an overall quality of work life at a good level (70.0%). Concerning quality of work life ratings, adequate and fair compensation and future opportunity for continued growth and security were mostly at a moderate level (50.5% and 57.2%, respectively), while, safe and healthy working conditions, development of human capacities, social integration in the work organization, constitutionalism in the work organization , work and total life space, and the social relevance of work life were at a good level (61.0%, 71.7%, 73.7%, 75.8%, 60.4%, and 90.6%, respectively). Public health officers whose age, type of occupation, and service period were different had different quality of work life ratings (p < 0.05). Conclusion: Public health officers mostly had overall quality of work life at a good level although they worked in a high-risk work environment. Results indicate that administrators of the province and public health service centers would benefit by enhancing quality of work life of public health officers by launching policies that provide them with welfare, compensation, career advancement, work-life balance, and good working environments, as well as enhance safe and suitable working conditions for personnel of all professions.
*Department of Public Health Nursing, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University,
**Community Nursing Group, Faculty of Nursing, Nakhon Pathom Rajabhat University, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
***Department of Family Health, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand