Workplace preparedness and recognition of the continued employment of employees with early onset dementia

  • Omote Shizuko
    Faculty of Health Science, Institute of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences, Kanazawa University
  • Ishiwata Tomoko
    Division of Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kanazawa University
  • Okamoto Rie
    Faculty of Health Science, Institute of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences, Kanazawa University
  • Nakata (Ichimori) Akie
    Faculty of Health Science, Institute of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences, Kanazawa University
  • Morikawa Yuko
    School of Nursing, Kanazawa Medical University
  • Koyama Yoshiko
    Faculty of Health Sciences, Kinjo University
  • Ikeuchi Satomi
    School of Nursing, Kanazawa Medical University
  • Okuno Takami
    Nippon Express
  • Takahashi Yutaro
    Tsubata Town
  • Kido Teruhiko
    Faculty of Health Science, Institute of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences, Kanazawa University

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  • 若年性認知症を有する従業員の就労継続に関する事業場の認識
  • ジャクネンセイ ニンチショウ オ ユウスル ジュウギョウイン ノ シュウロウ ケイゾク ニ カンスル ジギョウジョウ ノ ニンシキ

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Abstract

<p>Objectives: This study aimed to clarify workplace recognition regarding working continuation of employees with early onset dementia. Methods: An anonymous self-administrated questionnaire was emailed to a prefecture consisting of 1,293 workplaces with 50 or more employees. Survey items assessed demographics, workplace regulations supporting employees, coworker acceptance of employees with early onset dementia, and recognition and dealing with employees with early onset dementia. The possibility of employees with early onset dementia continuing work was compared for demographics, workplace regulations supporting employees, and cooperation in the workplace. Results: Responses were received from 375 workplaces, and 273 valid responses were analyzed. In total, 133 workplaces (48.7%) answered that there was a high possibility of continuing employment for employees with early onset dementia and 135 workplaces (49.5%) were aware of early onset dementia. Less than 10% of workplaces reported examination of managing employees with early onset dementia, implementation/planning of training and information dissemination to managers or employees. Factors related to the possibility of continuing employment were number of employees (< 100, p = .015, odds ratio = 2.02), workplace regulations supporting employees with early onset dementia (p = .011, odds ratio = 2.22), and workplace coordination with occupational health staff (p = .004, odds ratio = 2.16). Conclusions: There is a general need for training and information regarding early onset dementia in the workplace. For smaller companies, external advice and support in providing systems suitable to each workplace is necessary.</p>

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  • SANGYO EISEIGAKU ZASSHI

    SANGYO EISEIGAKU ZASSHI 62 (3), 127-135, 2020-05-20

    Japan Society for Occupational Health

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