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Psychooncology. 2013 Aug;22(8):1907-11. doi: 10.1002/pon.3241. Epub 2013 Jan 27.

Predicting outcomes of vocational rehabilitation in patients with brain tumours.

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  • 1Therapy and Rehabilitation Services, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, UK.



The aim of this study was to examine the outcome of a vocational rehabilitation programme for patients with brain tumours and to determine whether the outcome could be predicted at point of referral to the service.


Data was collected for 34 patients with brain tumours referred to the Macmillan vocational rehabilitation service. Work status at baseline (time of referral) and at discharge was compared. Logistic regression analyses were computed to identify which variables (demographic, tumour and treatment, functional and vocational) predicted work status at discharge from the service.


Significantly, more patients were working at discharge from the service than at baseline. Having at least some physical disability decreased the likelihood of being in work at discharge from the service.


The vocational rehabilitation programme for brain tumour survivors showed significant improvement over time. Functional ability affected the likelihood of working to some extent. Vocational rehabilitation services should be available to patients with brain tumours and should focus on supporting patients wishing to return to or maintain their current work. However, more support for brain tumour patients with physical impairments is needed.

Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


brain tumour; cancer; oncology; vocational rehabilitation; work

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