Review on work participation of cancer survivors is ‘most newsworthy research’
APH researchers, Michiel Greidanus, Angela de Boer, Monique Frings-Dresen and Sietske Tamminga of the Coronel Institute of the Academic Medical Center (AMC) published, in cooperation with Maastricht University and KU Leuven, a new systematic review in Psycho-Oncology: Perceived employer‐related barriers and facilitators for work participation of cancer survivors: A systematic review of employers’ and survivors’ perspectives".1 The publisher of Psycho-Oncology, Wiley, selected the study as “most newsworthy research published among Wiley’s journals”. As a result, the study was featured in the Wiley’s Research Headlines and send to international subscribed journalists.
The review analysed 47 studies representing perspectives of cancer survivors and five studies representing the employers’ perspectives. A plurality of barriers and facilitators for work participation of cancer survivors related to employer support were identified. The diversity of these barriers and facilitators indicates the complexity of giving cancer survivors adequate support. The perceived barriers and facilitators were synthesised to conduct a content analysis and it was found that these barriers and facilitators could be understood to be related to both employers’ willingness and ability to support employees with cancer.
The study is part of the MiLES project (The Missing Link: optimising return to work of employees with cancer, by supporting employers). In this project, which is financed by the Dutch Cancer Society, a supportive online toolbox for employers will be developed. The aim of the toolbox is to optimise the employers’ return to work support of employees with cancer, in order to contribute to a successful return to work of employees with cancer.
1. Greidanus MA, de Boer A, de Rijk AE, Tiedtke CM, Dierckx de Casterle B, Frings-Dresen MHW, Tamminga SJ. Perceived employer-related barriers and facilitators for work participation of cancer survivors: a systematic review of employers' and survivors' perspectives. Psychooncology. 2017. DOI: 10.1002/pon.4514