A randomized controlled trial of support group intervention after breast cancer treatment: Results on sick leave, health care utilization and health economy
2013 (English)In: Acta Oncologica, ISSN 0284-186X, E-ISSN 1651-226X, Vol. 52, no 1, 38-47 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
More than 50% of breast cancer patients are diagnosed before the age of 65. Returning to work after treatment is, therefore, of interest for both the individual and society. The aim was to study the effect of support group intervention on sick leave and health care utilization in economic terms.
Material and Methods
Of 382 patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer, 191 + 191 patients were randomized to an intervention group or to a routine control group respectively. The intervention group received support intervention on a residential basis for one week, followed by four days of follow-up two months later. The support intervention included informative-educational sections, relaxation training, mental visualization and non-verbal communication. Patients answered a questionnaire at baseline, 2, 6 and 12 months about sick leave and health care utilization.
There was a trend towards longer sick leave and more health care utilization in the intervention group. The difference in total costs was statistically significantly higher in the intervention group after 12 months (p= 0.0036).
Costs to society were not reduced with intervention in its present form.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 52, no 1, 38-47 p.
Support intervention, breast cancer, return to work, sick leave, health care utilization, health economy
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject Oncology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182056DOI: 10.3109/0284186X.2012.734921ISI: 000312505900006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-182056DiVA: diva2:558307