Sickness absence and disability pension following breast cancer: A population-based matched cohort study
2014 (English)In: Breast, ISSN 0960-9776, E-ISSN 1532-3080, Vol. 23, no 6, 844-851 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose: To compare sickness absence and disability pension in a population-based cohort of women with breast cancer (n = 463) from 1 year pre-diagnosis until 3 years post-diagnosis with a matched control group (n = 2310), and to investigate predictors of sickness absence during the 2nd and 3rd year post-diagnosis.
Results: Following breast cancer, the proportion of disease-free women with sickness absence decreased post-diagnosis (1st - 3rd year; 78%-31%-19%), but did not reach the pre-diagnostic level (14%; P < 0.05). Post-diagnosis, patients were more likely than controls to be sickness absent (1st - 3rd year; P < 0.001). No between-group differences were observed for disability pension post-diagnosis (P > 0.05). Among patients, chemotherapy, baseline fatigue and pre-diagnosis sick days predicted sickness absence during the 2nd, 3rd, and 2nd and 3rd year post-diagnosis, respectively (P < 0.05).
Conclusions: Breast cancer is associated with increased sickness absence 3 years post-diagnosis. In a clinical setting, prevention and treatment of side effects are important in reducing long-term consequences.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 23, no 6, 844-851 p.
Cancer and Oncology
Research subject Oncology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-221263DOI: 10.1016/j.breast.2014.09.007ISI: 000346565100020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-221263DiVA: diva2:708224