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    The impact of colorectal cancer and self-efficacy beliefs on work ability and employment status: a longitudinal study

    Bains, M. and Munir, F. and Yarker, Joanna and Bowley, D. and Thomas, A. and Armitage, N. and Steward, W. (2012) The impact of colorectal cancer and self-efficacy beliefs on work ability and employment status: a longitudinal study. European Journal of Cancer Care 21 (5), pp. 634-641. ISSN 0961-5423.

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    Abstract

    We examined how colorectal cancer patients' treatment and symptom management impacted perceptions of work ability and subsequent work decisions. Fifty patients completed questionnaires at baseline (post‐surgery/pretreatment), 3 months and 6 months. Questionnaires assessed fatigue, depression, quality‐of‐life (QoL), cancer self‐efficacy, job self‐efficacy (JSE) and work ability. Factors related to perceived work ability were occupation (β= 0.31, P= 0.0005) and QoL (β= 0.42, P= 0.01) at baseline, treatment type (β=−0.19, P= 0.05) at 3 months, and JSE at 3 months (β= 0.57, P= 0.0005) and 6 months (β= 0.50, P= 0.006). Factors related to being on sick leave were lower levels of JSE (OR = 2.20, 95% CI: 1.17–4.13) at baseline and being employed in a manual occupation (OR = 0.03, 95% CI: 0.00–0.86), and perceived work ability (OR = 3.05, 95% CI: 1.00–12.80) at 6 months. Along with self‐assessed work ability at baseline (β= 0.67, P= 0.0005), receiving chemotherapy or a combination of treatments (β=−0.24, P= 0.05) were the strongest predictors of poorer perceptions of follow‐up work ability. Self‐efficacy beliefs may add to understanding and should be considered in future research.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2015 11:56
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2019 08:33
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/28207

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