Educational attainment and work disability in cancer survivors: Do diagnosis and comorbidity affect this association?

Christina M. Stapelfeldt, Saskia F. A. Duijts, Trine A. Horsboel, Anne-Mette H. Momsen, Niels T. Andersen, Finn B. Larsen, Karina Friis, Claus V. Nielsen

Results: Non-stratified adjusted risk of experiencing an 8-week sick leave spell (OR: 1.41, 95% CI (1.33–1.49)) or being granted a disability pension (OR: 1.61, 95% CI (1.31–1.97)) was significantly higher in low-educated than in high-educated respondents. Cancer or comorbidity did not significantly interact with education on the risk of work disability.

Methods: Linkage of population-based public health survey data and the Danish Cancer Registry formed two groups: cancer survivors (n = 3,514) and cancer-free individuals (n = 171,262). In logistic regression models, the risk of experiencing an 8-week sick leave spell and the granting of disability pension within a 3-year follow-up period was studied in three educational levels and whether these associations were modified by history of cancer and comorbidity. Odds ratios (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) are reported.

Conclusions: A moderate impact of low education on future work disability was found for all respondents, neither history of cancer nor comorbidity modified this association.

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Educational attainment and work disability in cancer survivors

Udgivelsesform Videnskabelige artikler
År 2020
Udgiver European journal of cancer care
ISBN/ISSN 10.1111/ecc.13228
Længde 9 sider


Claus Vinther Nielsen Christina Malmose Stapelfeldt ; Anne-Mette Hedeager Momsen