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Authors: Rashid, Humayra
Eichler, Martin
Hechtner, Marlene
Gianicolo, Emilio
Wehler, Beatrice
Buhl, Roland
Schmidberger, Heinz
Stratmann, Jan A.
Gohrbandt, Bernhard
Kortsik, Cornelius
Nestle, Ursula
Wirtz, Hubert
Blettner, Maria
Singer, Susanne
Title: Returning to work in lung cancer survivors : a multi-center cross-sectional study in Germany
Online publication date: 10-Jun-2021
Language: english
Abstract: PURPOSE To investigate the work situation of lung cancer survivors and to identify the factors associated with their returning to work. METHODS Descriptive analysis and logistic regression were used to evaluate study population characteristics and independent factors of subsequently returning to work. To analyze time to return to work, Cox regression was used. RESULTS The study sample included 232 lung cancer survivors of working age from 717 enrolled participants in the multi-center cross-sectional LARIS (Quality of Life and Psychosocial Rehabilitation in Lung Cancer Survivors) study. About 67% of the survivors were not employed during the survey. More than 51% of the survivors who were employed before their illness did not return to their work. The survivors who had returned to their careers were younger, associated with higher household income, lower fatigue score, and stable relationship and vocational training. Patients who received social service counseling showed a higher chance of regaining their career. CONCLUSIONS Lung cancer survivors were found to be associated with a high risk of unemployment and very low professional reintegration after interruption due to illness. More comprehensive studies are needed to support lung cancer survivors and targeting of patients in need of special attention in rehabilitation that would benefit from the findings in the present study.
DDC: 610 Medizin
610 Medical sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 04 Medizin
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
License: CC BY
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Journal: Supportive care in cancer
Pages or article number: 3753
Publisher: Springer
Publisher place: Berlin u.a.
Issue date: 2021
ISSN: 1433-7339
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Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s00520-020-05886-z
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