Diabetes and Work life

​This project strives to identify factors that affect the working life of people with diabetes as a starting point developing interventions that can improve the experience of being at work and strengthening the employment relationship among people with diabetes.

According to epidemiological data, people with diabetes are worse off than the rest of the population in terms of both their labour market affiliation and in terms of their experience of being at work. As a general ambition, this project strives to identify factors that affect the working life of people with diabetes as a starting point developing interventions that can improve the experience of being at work and strengthening the employment relationship among people with diabetes.


Due to the fundamental differences between T1D and T2D, the majority of work undertaken in this area distinguishes between the two conditions and approaches them as distinct in relation to the influence they have on individuals, both somatically and psychologically and with respect to their influence on work life.

Description

Type 1 diabetes:  has been studied through a three-year PhD project, which contains both qualitative data from a comprehensive interview survey and quantitative data collected from a large questionnaire survey and linked with registry data.

Contact:
Ulla Møller Hansen; e-mail: Ulla.moeller.hansen@regionh.dk; Phone:+ (45) 30 91 31 09.


Type 2 diabetes: has been the focus of an interview survey among people recruited from Helsingør Municipality and Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen. Patients from Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen have also been involved in three workshops to identify interventions.

Contact:

Mette Andersen Nexø: mette.andersen.nexoe@regionh.dk; Phone:  + (45) 21 58 92 56.

Aim:

  • To study how diabetes (type 1 and type 2) impacts upon work life in terms of social, psychological and physical wellbeing, with special attention to diabetes-related morbidity and self-management practices. 
  • To establish a research-based framework for developing relevant and realistic support strategies for people with diabetes in relation to working life

Collaborators

Professor Reiner Ruguiles, Professor Lars Andersen & Dr. Harold Hannerz: The National Research Center for the Working Environment

Professor Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen: University of Southern Denmark, The National Institute of Public Health

Professor Jane Speight, Dr. Jessica Brown og Dr. Adriana Ventura: The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes

Professor Richard Holt: Southampton University

Professor Timothy Skinner: Darwin University

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