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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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    - 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.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Featured in the Times newspaper Featured in Medical News Today
    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 Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Caroline Kamau
    Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2016 09:48
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:20


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