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Psychooncology. 2008 Jun;17(6):598-605.

Predictors of employment and lost hours from work in cancer caregivers.

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School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, 336 Victoria Building, 3500 Victoria Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA.


This cross-sectional, descriptive study identified variables associated with caregivers who (1) were employed and (2) reported lost hours from work due to care demands. Family caregivers (N=80) of persons with a primary malignant brain tumor participated in a 45-60 min telephone interview, answering questions regarding the impact of providing care on their emotional health and employment status. Younger caregivers were more likely to be employed. Caregivers were more likely to report lost hours from work when care recipients required assistance with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) and were closer to the time of diagnosis. Data suggest that interventions to assist caregivers in maintaining employment should target caregivers of persons with limitations in physical function and should include strategies to coordinate care to assist with IADLs.

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