This study examined the magnitude of work-related disability in post-menopausal women with breast cancer compared to healthy controls. It also examined demographic and clinical correlates of work-related disability in post-menopausal women with breast cancer.
Exploratory secondary analysis of longitudinal study.
The Work Limitations Questionnaire measured the percentage of at-work productivity loss.
The analysis revealed a significant group by time interaction effect (F(1,40)=4.705, p=.036, partial η2=.105) on work-related disability. Participants with breast cancer (M=2.364, SE=.374) had significantly higher percentage of at-work productivity loss compared to the healthy control group (M=1.263, SE=.392). At baseline, cognitive-emotional symptoms were moderately to strongly associated with work-related disability. At 6 months, physical symptoms were moderately associated with work-related disability.
Newly, diagnosed women with breast cancer are likely to experience higher rates of work-related disability compared to health counterparts. Healthcare providers should provide intervention to parallel the shift in symptoms which lead to higher work-related disability and job cessation
1University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Occupational Therapy
2University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Rehabilitation Counseling
3University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing
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Author Disclosures: This research was supported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (R01CA107408). There were no financial or conflicts of interest reported by the authors or by any individuals in control of the content of this article. Portions of these data will be presented at the 2018 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference on October 3, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.