Implementation of maternity protection legislation: Gynecologists' perceptions and practices in French-speaking Switzerland.

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Serval ID
serval:BIB_535AC053E31D
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Implementation of maternity protection legislation: Gynecologists' perceptions and practices in French-speaking Switzerland.
Journal
PloS one
Author(s)
Abderhalden-Zellweger A., Probst I., Politis Mercier M.P., Danuser B., Wild P., Krief P.
ISSN
1932-6203 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
1932-6203
Publication state
Published
Issued date
04/2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
15
Number
4
Pages
e0231858
Language
english
Notes
Publication types: Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Publication Status: epublish
Abstract
In several countries, maternity protection legislations (MPL) confer an essential role to gynecologist-obstetricians (OBGYNs) for the protection of pregnant workers and their future children from occupational exposures. This study explores OBGYNs' practices and difficulties in implementing MPL in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
An online survey was sent to 333 OBGYNs. Data analysis included: 1) descriptive and correlational statistics and 2) hierarchical cluster analysis to identify patterns of practices.
OBGYNs evoked several problems in MPL implementation: absence of risk analysis in the companies, difficult collaboration with employers, lack of competencies in the field of occupational health. Preventive leave was underused, with sick leave being prescribed instead. Training had a positive effect on OBGYNs' knowledge and implementation of MPL. Hierarchical cluster analysis highlighted three main types of practices: 1) practice in line with legislation; 2) practice on a case-by-case basis; 3) limited practice. OBGYNs with good knowledge of MPL more consistently applied its provisions.
The implementation of MPL appears challenging for OBGYNs. Collaboration with occupational physicians and training might help OBGYNs to better take on their role in maternity protection. MPL in itself could be improved.
Keywords
Adult, Aged, Female, Gynecology/statistics & numerical data, Humans, Language, Maternal Health/legislation & jurisprudence, Middle Aged, Occupational Exposure/legislation & jurisprudence, Occupational Exposure/prevention & control, Perception, Pregnancy, Switzerland
Pubmed
Web of science
Open Access
Yes
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02/05/2020 13:26
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09/10/2020 5:26
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