Mar 8, 2008

Job loss and re-employment of cancer patients in Korean employees: a nationwide retrospective cohort study

Journal of Clinical Oncology : Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Jae-Hyun ParkSang-Yi Lee


The aim of this study was to investigate whether a diagnosis of cancer has an impact on the cancer patients' job loss and re-employment and to identify the factors affecting job loss and re-employment during 6 years of follow-up of Korean employees with cancer. All employees except for the self-employed in Korea who were diagnosed with cancer during the 2001 calendar year (n = 5,396) were identified as the first baseline patients and were followed every 3 months over 6 years to estimate the time taken to job loss. Patients who lost their job within the first year after a diagnosis of cancer (n = 1,398) were identified as the second baseline patients and were followed up over 5 years to estimate the time taken to re-employment using the National Health Insurance claims data. Patient demographic, socioeconomic, and clinical variables were investigated as factors that affected job loss and re-employment. Among the first baseline cancer patients, 47.0% lost their job, and among the second baseline patients, 30.5% were re-employed over 69 to 72 months of follow-up. Female sex, younger age and older age, company employee, lower income, blood cancer, and brain and CNS, lung, and liver cancer were significant predictors of early job lo...Continue Reading

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TNM Staging System
Hematologic Neoplasms
Malignant Tumor of Lymphoid Hemopoietic and Related Tissue
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Lung Diseases
Korean Race
Malignant Neoplasms

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