A Total Worker Health® intervention to improve cancer survivors’ well-being and work outcomes by enhancing oncology care team support.
Cancer survivors, like other workers who face serious, chronic illnesses and injuries, experience higher absenteeism, presenteeism, and worse well-being when their changed physical and cognitive abilities do not align with their job duties and demands during and after treatment.
This study aims to longitudinally assess how cancer diagnosis impacts employment, financial, and well-being on employed Latino men treated in community- and academic-based oncology practice settings. Through participatory research approaches, we will engage community- and academic-based oncology care teams and occupational medicine practices to identify challenges in providing work-related support to cancer patients and refine the design of a Total Worker Health training-based intervention to improve working patients’ economic and well-being outcomes.
Cathy J. Bradley, PhD, is the Associate Dean for Research in the Colorado School of Public Health and the Deputy Director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center. She holds the Bunn Chair in Cancer Research. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, she was the founding Chair of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, and Associate Director of Cancer Prevention and Control at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Dr. Bradley is an internationally recognized expert in health services research and health economics. Her expertise is in labor market outcomes of cancer survivors, health policy, and health disparities. Dr. Bradley is on the editorial board of the Journal of Cancer Survivorship, and is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine National Cancer Policy Forum.
Bradley CJ, Brown KL, Haan M, Glasgow RE, Newman LS, Rabin B, Ritzwoller DP, Tenney L. Cancer Survivorship and Employment: Intersection of Oral Agents, Changing Workforce Dynamics, and Employers' Perspectives. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2018 Dec 1;110(12):1292-1299. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djy172. PMID: 30346557.
Yabroff KR, Bradley C, Shih YT. Understanding Financial Hardship Among Cancer Survivors in the United States: Strategies for Prevention and Mitigation. J Clin Oncol. 2020 Feb 1;38(4):292-301. doi: 10.1200/JCO.19.01564. Epub 2019 Dec 5. PMID: 31804869; PMCID: PMC6994250.
de Moor JS, Alfano CM, Kent EE, Norton WE, Coughlan D, Roberts MC, Grimes M, Bradley CJ. Recommendations for Research and Practice to Improve Work Outcomes Among Cancer Survivors. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2018 Oct 1;110(10):1041-1047. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djy154. PMID: 30252079; PMCID: PMC6454422.