Identifying the Employment Needs of People With Chronic Health Conditions in Europe

Carolina C. Ávila, Jose Luis Ayuso-Mateos, Amalia Muñoz-Murillo, Chiara Scaratti, Michaela Coenen, Anastasia Vlachou, Klemens Fheodoroff, Aleksandra Pilat, Aleksandra Tabaj, Olga Svestkova, Asel Kadyrbaeva, Maria Cabello

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OBJECTIVES: The main goal of this study was to compare the employment needs experienced by people with different chronic health conditions and in different welfare systems. METHODS: A total of 688 participants with six chronic health conditions were collected in nine countries representing four welfare systems in Europe (Continental, Mediterranean, Postcommunist, and Scandinavian). RESULTS: Raising awareness of what is to live with a chronic health condition in the workplace was the area perceived as more favorable. The types of employment needs were different across the social welfare systems but did not vary among the different chronic health conditions groups. CONCLUSION: Although diverse, there appear to be some common needs transversal to the working experience of people with chronic health problems. Actions to improve the employability of people with chronic health conditions should be tailored to each welfare system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e618-e624
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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