Implementation of maternity protection legislation : gynecologists’ perceptions and practices in French-speaking Switzerland

Abderhalden-Zellweger, Alessia (HESAV School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland ; Occupational Health and Environment Department (OHED), Center for Primary Care and Public Health (Unisanté), Epalinges, Switzerland) ; Probst, Isabelle (HESAV School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) ; Politis Mercier, Maria-Pia (HESAV School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) ; Danuser, Brigitta (Occupational Health and Environment Department (OHED), Center for Primary Care and Public Health (Unisanté), Epalinges, Switzerland) ; Wild, Pascal (Occupational Health and Environment Department (OHED), Center for Primary Care and Public Health (Unisanté), Epalinges, Switzerland ; INRS Research and Studies Management, Vandoeuvre les Nancy, France) ; Krief, Peggy (Occupational Health and Environment Department (OHED), Center for Primary Care and Public Health (Unisanté), Epalinges, Switzerland)

Background : 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. Methods : 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. Results : 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. Conclusion : 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.


Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Santé
School:
HESAV
Institute:
Unité de recherche en santé, HESAV
Date:
2020-04
Pagination:
18 p.
Published in:
PLoS One
Numeration (vol. no.):
2020, vol. 15, no. 4, article e0231858
DOI:
ISSN:
1932-6203
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