Effects of hearing disability on the employment status using whodas 2.0 in Taiwan

Pin Zhir Chao, Shih Wei Huang, Reuben Escorpizo, Wen Chou Chi, Chia Feng Yen, Hua Fang Liao, Yi Wen Chen, Tsan Hon Liou

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The aim of this study was to explore the association between employment status and World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule, Second Edition (WHODAS 2.0) scores of working-age subjects with hearing impairment. The data of 18,573 working-age subjects (age ≥ 18 and <65 years) with disabling hearing impairment were obtained from the Taiwan Data Bank of Persons with Disability (TDPD) for the period from 11 July 2012 to 31 October 2018. Demographic data and WHODAS 2.0 scores for each domain were analyzed to identify their relationship with employment status. Unemployed subjects with disabling hearing impairment had higher WHODAS 2.0 scores in all domains compared with the employed subjects. Binary logistic regression revealed that older age, female sex, lower educational level, institutional residence, rural residence, lower family income, and moderate to severe impairment were more strongly associated with unemployment status. The data in this large population-based study offer comprehensive information on important factors associated with the employment status of people with disabling hearing impairment. Early identification of risks of unemployment of patients with hearing impairment can raise awareness for aggressive community and government campaigns regarding public health to improve the self-confidence, social participation, and related psycho-social wellbeing of people.

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期刊International journal of environmental research and public health
出版狀態已發佈 - 12月 2 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 公共衛生、環境和職業健康
  • 健康、毒理學和誘變


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