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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181d0bef7
Original Articles

Measures of Cognitive Function and Work in Occupationally Active Breast Cancer Survivors.

Calvio, Lisseth PhD; Peugeot, Mark MS; Bruns, Gina L. MA; Todd, Briana L. MA; Feuerstein, Michael PhD, MPH

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Abstract

Objective: This study investigated performance-based and patient-reported cognitive limitations on work output.

Methods: Working breast cancer survivors (BCS) (n = 122) and a non-cancer comparison group (NCCG; n = 113) completed measures of cognitive function, fatigue, distress, job stress, and work output.

Results: Distress, fatigue, and job stress were higher in the BCS group who were on average 3-years post-treatment. Patient-reported cognitive limitations at work were related to work output in BCS (memory β = 0.29; executive function β = 0.26) only. Changes in work output were more responsive to changes in job stress and fatigue in the BCS group.

Conclusions: Reports of cognitive problems at work should be carefully followed up.

©2010The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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