Tools to assess employment readiness for colorectal cancer survivors: A scoping review

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Ding, Mingshuang, Gane, Elise, Wiffen, Harry and Johnston, Venerina. 2023. "Tools to assess employment readiness for colorectal cancer survivors: A scoping review." Cancer Medicine. 12 (17), pp. 18327-18353. https://doi.org/10.1002/cam4.6432
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Tools to assess employment readiness for colorectal cancer survivors: A scoping review

ERA Journal ID200261
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsDing, Mingshuang, Gane, Elise, Wiffen, Harry and Johnston, Venerina
Journal TitleCancer Medicine
Journal Citation12 (17), pp. 18327-18353
Number of Pages27
Year2023
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN2045-7634
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/cam4.6432
Web Address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/cam4.6432
Abstract

Background: The ability to return to work and remain at work is an important recovery milestone after a cancer diagnosis. With the projected number of colorectal cancer patients of working age likely to increase, it is important to identify when a person is ready to resume work. There are many employment-related tools available to help people return to work after injury or illness; however, it is unknown which may be suitable for a person with colorectal cancer.

Aim: To identify tools related to employment readiness in colorectal cancer survivors and to chart the relevant factors of employment assessed by these tools.

Method: Literature searches were performed in PubMed, CINAHL, Embase and Medline, the Cochrane library and PsycINFO using search terms around cancer, survivorship and employment to identify all peer-reviewed articles published in English up to June 2022.

Results: Thirty-five studies used a total of 77 tools focused on assessing employment issues experienced by people with cancer in general. Four tools were used with colorectal cancer survivors. None considered all relevant employment-related factors for colorectal cancer survivors.

Conclusion: Tools used to identify return-to-work and remain-at-work were not specific to colorectal cancer. There are a range of existing tools that collate some, but not all, of the domains and outcome criteria required to meet the employment needs of colorectal cancer survivors. To optimize work outcomes for the working colorectal cancer population, a specified tool is warranted.

Keywordscancer; colorectal; employment; measurement; readiness; survivor
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420399. Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
EBSCO Information Services, Australia
Princess Alexandra Hospital, Australia
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Australia
School of Health and Medical Sciences
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