Data from: Labor market integration of people with disabilities: results from the Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Cohort Study

Reinhardt, J. D. (Creator), Post, M. (Creator), Fekete, C. (Creator), Trezzini, B. (Creator), Brinkhof, M. W. G. (Creator), University of Groningen, 2-Dec-2016


  • Jan D. Reinhardt (Creator)
  • Marcel Post (Creator)
  • Christine Fekete (Creator)
  • Bruno Trezzini (Creator)
  • Martin W.G. Brinkhof (Creator)


Objectives: We aimed to describe labor market participation (LMP) of persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) in Switzerland, to examine potential determinants of LMP, and to compare LMP between SCI and the general population.
Methods: We analyzed data from 1458 participants of employable age from the cross-sectional community survey of the Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Cohort Study. Data on LMP of the Swiss general population were obtained from the Swiss Federal Statistics Office. Factors associated with employment status as well as the amount of work performed in terms of full-time equivalent (FTE) were examined with regression techniques. Results: 53.4% of the participants were employed at the time of the study. Adjusted odds of being employed were increased for males (OR=1.73, 95% CI 1.33 - 2.25) and participants with paraplegia (OR=1.78, 95% CI 1.40 - 2.27). The likelihood of being employed showed a significant concave relationship with age, peaking at age 40. The relation of LMP with education was s-shaped, while LMP was linearly related to time since injury. On average, employment rates were 30% lower than in the general population. Males with tetraplegia aged between 40 and 54 showed the greatest difference. From the 771 employed persons, the majority (81.7%) worked part-time with a median of 50% FTE (IRQ: 40%-80%). Men, those with younger age, higher education, incomplete lesions, and non-traumatic etiology showed significantly increased odds of working more hours a week. Significantly more people worked part-time than in the general population with the greatest difference found for males with tetraplegia aged between 40 and 54. Conclusions: LMP of persons with SCI is comparatively high in Switzerland. LMP after SCI is, however, considerably lower than in the general population. Future research needs to show whether the reduced LMP in SCI reflects individual capacity adjustment, contextual constraints or both on higher LMP.

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Date made available2-Dec-2016
PublisherUniversity of Groningen
Geographical coverageSwitzerland
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    Keywords on Datasets

  • labor market participation, employment, work load, spinal cord injury
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