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    Preparing patients with cancer who work and treatment responsiveness

    Kamau, Caroline (2017) Preparing patients with cancer who work and treatment responsiveness. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 7 (1), pp. 94-97. ISSN 2045-435X.

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    Abstract

    - Background: Many patients with life-limiting illnesses continue to work because of financial reasons and because work provides good psychosocial support. A lack of appropriate advice/support through patient education could, however, make having a job detrimental to wellbeing (eg, symptom worsening). - Aim: This study investigated the frequency with which patients received information that empowers their understanding of their condition, treatment, side effects of treatment and the likely impact on occupational functioning. - Design: A cross-sectional study. Setting/participants An analysis of survey data from 3457 patients with cancer in employment. - Results: Logistic regression showed that patients who received information about the impact of cancer on work life or education are 1.72 times more likely to have a positive treatment outcome. Patients who receive written information about the type of cancer are 1.99 times more likely to have a positive treatment outcome. Also, patients who receive written information before a cancer-related operation are 1.90 times more likely to have a positive treatment outcome. Information about the side effects of cancer treatment produces worse odds of a positive treatment outcome (0.65–1). A stepwise logistic regression analysing the effects irrespective of current employment status in 6710 patients showed that preparing them produces nearly twice better odds of cancer treatment responsiveness. - Conclusions: Palliative care teams should consider ways of actively advising patients who work. Whereas the results showed evidence of good practice in cancer care, there is a need to ensure that all working patients with potentially life-limiting illnesses receive similar support.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Featured in the Times newspaper www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/news/article4556046.ece Featured in Medical News Today www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/299353.php
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Cancer, Cancer and employment, Cancer treatment effectiveness, Cancer treatment responsiveness, Oncology, Occupational health, Palliative care, Patient education, Patient information, Preparing patients with cancer, Supportive cancer care, Work and cancer
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Caroline Kamau
    Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2016 09:48
    Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 15:17
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/13899

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