Presentation T P44

T P44 (Poster Presentation):
Work-related factors and quality of life in cancer survivors on long-term sick leave: application of the biopsychosocial model

Presented by: Maartje Plonia van Egmond


van Egmond MP1,2, Duijts SFA1,3, Feuerstein M4, van Muijen P1,2, Vermeulen SJ1,2, van der Beek AJ1,2, Anema JR1,2

  1. VU University Medical Center/EMGO+ Institute, Department of Public and Occupational Health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  2. Dutch Research Center for Insurance Medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  3. The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Department of Psychosocial Research and Epidemiology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  4. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America



Across various types of cancer, eventually 62% of cancer survivors returns to work (RTW). During and after RTW, cancer survivors may experience various biological (or medical), psychological and social problems, that affect their quality of life (QoL). In cancer survivors on long-term sick leave (> 2 years), the influence of medical factors on QoL may diminish over time, while the influence of both psychological and social factors, and particularly work-related factors, on QoL may increase. The aim of this study is to explore which, and to what extent, medical, psychological, social, and specifically work-related factors contribute to QoL in cancer survivors on long-term sick leave.


This study is part of an existing prospective cohort of cancer survivors (various tumor types) in the Netherlands with one year follow-up. Eligible participants applied for disability benefits, after being on sick leave for 24 months (T0) and were followed up for one year (T1; 36 months after first day of sick leave). We will study relationships between (1) medical (2) psychological and (3) social, and specifically work-related factors within the domains of the biopsychosocial model, by means of multiple linear regression analysis.


Results will be available for presentation on the WDPI conference in September 2014.


We hypothesize that work-related factors have a major influence on QoL of cancer survivors on long-term sick leave, while taking other social, but also medical and psychological factors into account. Results of this study will contribute to the literature on the determinants of QoL in cancer survivors in later stages after diagnosis and treatment.

Schedule Details

Tuesday September 30
12:45 - 13:45 Poster Viewing
Session: Work capacity / ability