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J Occup Environ Med. 2010 Feb;52(2):219-27. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181d0bef7.

Measures of cognitive function and work in occupationally active breast cancer survivors.

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Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study investigated performance-based and patient-reported cognitive limitations on work output.

METHODS:

Working breast cancer survivors (BCS) (n = 122) and a non-cancer comparison group (NCCG; n = 113) completed measures of cognitive function, fatigue, distress, job stress, and work output.

RESULTS:

Distress, fatigue, and job stress were higher in the BCS group who were on average 3-years post-treatment. Patient-reported cognitive limitations at work were related to work output in BCS (memory beta = 0.29; executive function beta = 0.26) only. Changes in work output were more responsive to changes in job stress and fatigue in the BCS group.

CONCLUSIONS:

Reports of cognitive problems at work should be carefully followed up.

PMID:
20134340
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181d0bef7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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