Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-3951
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Perceived discrimination against diabetics in the workplace and in work-related insurances in Switzerland
Authors : Nebiker-Pedrotti, Piera M
Keller, Ulrich
Iselin, Hans-Ulrich
Ruiz, Juan
Pärli, Kurt
Caplazi, Alexandra
Puder, Jardena J
DOI : 10.21256/zhaw-3951
10.4414/smw.2009.12432
Published in : Swiss Medical Weekly
Volume(Issue) : 139
Issue : 07-08
Pages : 103
Pages to: 109
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher / Ed. Institution : EMH Schweizerischer Ärzteverlag
ISSN: 1424-7860
1424-3997
0036-7672
Language : English
Subjects : Risk factor; Diabetes Mellitus
Subject (DDC) : 331: Labor economics
Abstract: Background: To investigate the prevalence and risk factors of perceived diabetes-related discrimination in the workplace and in work-related insurances in persons with diabetes mellitus in Switzerland. Methods: 509 insulin-treated diabetic subjects representative of the northwestern Swiss population responded to a self-report questionnaire on perceived diabetes-related discrimination in the workplace and in work-related insurances (salary loss insurance, supplementary occupational plan). Discrimination was defined as being treated differently at least once in relation to diabetes. Results: The reported rates of different aspects of discrimination in the workplace and in work-related insurances ranged between 5-11% and 4-15% respectively. Risk factors that independently increased the risk of not being hired due to diabetes were the presence of at least two severe hypoglycaemic events/year and relevant diabetic complications (OR 5.6 and OR 2.6 respectively; both p <0.05). The presence of at least two severe hypoglycaemic events/year was also associated with an increased risk of losing one’s job (OR 6.5, p <0.01). Overweight or obesity were related to increased discrimination in work-related insurances (OR for denial 2.1-2.4; OR for reserve 3.9-4.4; all p <0.05). Conclusions: Perceived diabetes-related dis- crimination in the workplace and by work-related insurances is a common problem. In the light of our findings the introduction of effective non-discrimination legislation for patients with chronic illnesses appears to be desirable.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/9772
Fulltext version : Published version
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: Attribution - Non commercial - No derivatives 4.0 International
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Center for Social Law (ZSR)
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