RE-CAP - The effectiveness of a tailored intervention program on return-to-work in unemployed sick-listed cancer patients and survivors: a randomized controlled trial (wc2011-044)

Background

Starting date: 01/01/2011

Survivorship of cancer is increasing as a result of developments in early detection, treatment and follow-up of cancer patients. Consequently, cancer is perceived as a chronic disease with long-term or permanent health problems. Despite potential (temporary) disabilities, cancer patients are often motivated to return to work (RTW) as they perceive employment a symbol of recovery, which enables them to regain a sense of normality and control. RTW is also economically desirable as it reduces avoidable work incapacity and financial loss. However, RTW can be a challenge, especially for unemployed persons, since they lack the support of an employer and colleagues. Several RTW interventions have been developed so far, but none of them are specifically aimed at enhancing RTW in unemployed cancer patients. As unemployed patients experience even more difficulties in RTW compared to employed patients, it is considered worthwhile to study the effects of a supportive RTW intervention program in this group.