Mapping european welfare models: State of the art of strategies for professional integration and reintegration of persons with chronic diseases

Chiara Scaratti, Matilde Leonardi, Fabiola Silvaggi, Carolina C. Ávila, Amalia Muñoz-Murillo, Panayiota Stavroussi, Olga Roka, Helena Burger, Klemens Fheodoroff, Beata Tobiasz-Adamczyk, Carla Sabariego, Eva Esteban, Sonja Gruber, Olga Svestkova, Rune Halvorsen, Asel Kadyrbaeva, Sabrina Ferraina

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Abstract

Background: Persons with chronic diseases (PwCDs) often experience work-related problems, and innovative actions to improve their participation in the labor market are needed. In the frame of the European (EU) Pathways Project, the aim of the study is to compare existing strategies (policies, systems, and services) for professional (re-)integration of PwCDs and mental health conditions available at both European and national level between different European welfare models: Scandinavian, Continental, Anglo-Saxon, Mediterranean, and “Post-Communist”. Method: The European strategies were identified by an overview of relevant academic and grey literature searched through Medline and internet searches, while national strategies were explored through questionnaires and in-depth interviews with national relevant stakeholders. Results: The mapping of existing strategies revealed that, both at European and national level, PwCDs are often considered as part of the group of “persons with disabilities” and only in this case they can receive employment support. European countries put in place actions to support greater labor market participation, but these differ from country to country. Conclusion: Strategies targeting “persons with disabilities” do not necessarily address all the needs of persons with chronic diseases. Countries should consider the importance of employment for all to achieve smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth.

Original languageEnglish
Article number781
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 17 2018

Keywords

  • Chronic diseases
  • Employment
  • Policies
  • Professional (re)integration
  • Services
  • Strategies
  • Systems
  • Welfare models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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