Age discrimination at work against health-related professionals in Portugal

Source avec lien : Work, 70(3). 10.3233/WOR-213612

Cette étude visait à caractériser la discrimination fondée sur l’âge au travail chez les professionnels de la santé, et à explorer son association avec des variables démographiques.

BACKGROUND: Age discrimination affects older and younger workers, and prevents equal access to opportunities. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to characterize age discrimination at work in health-related professionals, and to explore its association to demographic variables. METHODS: Exploratory cross-sectional, web-based questionnaire survey, including the Workplace Age Discrimination Scale (WADS), performed amongst 369 Portuguese health-related professionals. Participants were classified into two groups: physicians (medical doctors) and non-physicians (all other health-related professions). RESULTS: 82%of the professionals experienced age discrimination at work, non-physicians being the ones who most often experienced it (WADS 20.1 vs. 17.6). They have been more frequently passed over for a work role, evaluated less favourably and blamed for failures or problems due to their age. CONCLUSION: Non-physicians, with less experience in the profession, and with lower quality of life may experience age discrimination more frequently. They need to be closely monitored for discrimination. A key policy priority should be to plan for age diversity teams where older and younger professionals may work together and where older can teach/mentor younger colleagues.

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