The work style and living condition survey of diabetologists and the expectations for the Japan Diabetes Society: results of questionnaires about the current state and the future prospect of their carrier in 2017

Abstract

The Japan Diabetes Society’s Committee to Promote Female Diabetologists conducted a questionnaire survey from May to June 2017 to investigate the work style and living situation of diabetologists. The survey targeted 5298 Board Certified Diabetologists (diabetologists), with answers obtained from 1566 diabetologists (male, n = 1003: females, n = 563). Ninety-four percent of the males and 72% of the females worked full time. Twenty-one percent of the male subjects and 7% of the female subjects were heads of clinical departments, and 23% of the male subjects and 13% of the female subjects were diabetes training instructors, showing that there were fewer women than men in both roles. Regarding the allocation of time per day, men spent 10.7 h working, while women spent 8.5 h working. Both men and women slept 6.3 h. Men spent 1.0 h on housework, while women spent 3.3 h on housework. Men spent 0.7 h on childcare and nursing care, while women, spent 2.8 h. Among diabetologists in the childrearing generation, men spent 1.4 h providing childcare and nursing care, while women spent 4.9 h, showing that women spent significantly more time on these tasks than men. To encourage female diabetologists to work more actively, to reduce overworking on the part of male diabetologists, and to enhance the careers of both men and women as diabetologists, we conclude it necessary to improve the workplace environment and for the Japan Diabetes Society to offer support.

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This is the English version of the committee report published in 2019 [1] by the Committee to Promote Female Diabetologists of the Japan Diabetes Society.

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Naruse, K., Abiko, A., Nakayama, H. et al. The work style and living condition survey of diabetologists and the expectations for the Japan Diabetes Society: results of questionnaires about the current state and the future prospect of their carrier in 2017. Diabetol Int (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13340-020-00441-x

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Keywords

  • Women diabetologists
  • Japan Diabetes Society
  • Work-life balance