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Abstract: SA-PO067

Assessment of Equity, Inclusiveness, and Quality of Life for French-Speaking Male and Female Nephrologists: A Survey by the FEMKY Group

Session Information

Category: Diversity and Equity in Kidney Health

  • 900 Diversity and Equity in Kidney Health

Authors

  • Sautenet, Bénédicte, Universite de Tours, Tours, Centre-Val de Loire, France
  • Karam, Sabine, University of Minnesota Twin Cities School of Medicine, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
  • Vrigneaud, Laurence, Hopital Prive La Louviere, Lille, France
  • Vigneau, Cecile M., Universite de Rennes, Rennes, France
  • Chatelet Pouliquen, Valerie, Normandie Universite, Caen, Normandie, France

Group or Team Name

  • Group FEMKY from SFNDT.
Background

Recent surveys report a high rate of burnout for nephrologists. The quality of life at work and in personal life as well as the perception of gender discrimination at work are insufficiently defined.

Methods

The FEMKY group (FEMmes KYdney) conducted a cross-sectional `descriptive observational study by sending an online survey to French-speaking nephrologists members of the Francophone Society of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation (SFNDT) and of the young nephrologists club in France (CJN), from November 2022 to January 2023. We assessed 6 domains: demographic characteristics, working conditions, quality of life at work and in personal life, gender discrimination and history of workplace harassment.

Results

257 female and 128 male nephrologists responded. 76% of women and 66% of men were under 45 years old and 53% and 51% respectively worked in a university hospital. Quality of life at work was similar for both genders but significantly lower for women at the personal level (p=0.03). Feeling of fatigue (p=0.01) and dissatisfaction with leisure time were significantly higher in women (p<0.001). The opinions of the two genders were significantly different regarding whether the fact of being a woman closes doors at work (p=0.02), that women are less trusted (p<0.001), and that pregnancies and children education are an obstacle for a woman career (p=0.001). Harassment and humiliation at work were described by 37% and 46% of women and 26% and 36% of men (p=0.03 and p=0.06 respectively).

Conclusion

The quality of life at work was similar between the two genders despite a more important and concerning rate of feeling of discrimination, harassment, and humiliation at work for women and a lower quality of personal life.