The Japan Diabetes Society's Committee to Promote Female Diabetologists conducted a questionnaire survey from May to June 2017 to investigate the work style and living situation of diabetologists. The survey targeted 5,298 diabetologists, with answers obtained from 1,566 diabetologists (male, n=1,003; female, n=563). Ninety-four percent of the males and 72 % of the females worked full-time. Twenty-one percent of the male subjects and 7 % of the female subjects served as heads of clinical departments. Twenty-three percent of the male subjects and 13 % of the female subjects were diabetes training instructors, showing that there were fewer women than men in both roles. Regarding the allocation of time per day, men spent 10.7 hours working, while women spent 8.5 hours working. Both men and women slept for 6.3 hours. Men spent 1.0 hour on housework, while women spent 3.3 hours on housework. Men spent 0.7 hours on childcare and nursing care, while women spent 2.8 hours. Among diabetologists in the childrearing generation, men spent 1.4 hours providing childcare and nursing care, while women spent 4.9 hours, showing that women spent significantly more time on these tasks than men. To encourage female diabetologists to work more actively, to reduce overworking on the part of male diabetologists, and to enhance the careers of both men and women as diabetologists, we conclude that it is necessary to improve the workplace environment and for the Japan Diabetes Society to offer support.
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