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Effectiveness of Self-Assessment, TAilored Information, and Lifestyle Management for Cancer Patients' Returning to Work (START): A Multi-center, Randomized Controlled Trial

Kang, D | Bae, KR | Ahn, Y | Kim, N | Nam, SJ | Lee, JE | Lee, SK | Shim, YM | Sinn, DH | Oh, SY  | Chun, M  | Heo, J  | Cho, J
Cancer research and treatment, 55(2). : 419-428, 2023
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Cancer research and treatment
PURPOSE: We developed a comprehensive return to work (RTW) intervention covering physical, psycho-social and practical issues for patients newly diagnosed and evaluated its efficacy in terms of RTW. Materials and Methods: A multi-center randomized controlled trial was done to evaluate the efficacy of the intervention conducted at two university-based cancer centers in Korea. The intervention program comprised educational material at diagnosis, a face-to-face educational session at completion of active treatment, and three individualized telephone counseling sessions. The control group received other education at enrollment. RESULTS: At 1-month post-intervention (T2), the intervention group was more likely to be working compared to the control group after controlling working status at diagnosis (65.4% vs. 55.9%, p=0.037). Among patients who did not work at baseline, the intervention group was 1.99-times more likely to be working at T2. The mean of knowledge score was higher in the intervention group compared to the control group (7.4 vs. 6.8, p=0.029). At the 1-year follow-up, the intervention group was 65% (95% confidence interval, 0.78 to 3.48) more likely to have higher odds for having work. CONCLUSION: The intervention improved work-related knowledge and was effective in facilitating cancer patients' RTW.


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오, 승엽  |  전, 미선  |  허, 재성
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