Return to work in patients with head and neck cancer: Systematic review and meta-analysis

Yu, Justin, Smith, Justin, Marwah, Ravi, and Edkins, Oskar (2022) Return to work in patients with head and neck cancer: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Head and Neck, 44 (12). pp. 2904-2924.

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Background: The aim of this review was to determine the prevalence of return to work (RTW) amongst head and neck cancer (HNC) survivors and to determine its impact on quality of life (QoL).

Methods: A literature search was conducted in PubMed, Scopus, Embase and CINAHL in March 2021. Articles were included if they reported the number of patients with HNC receiving definitive treatment who were working at the time of diagnosis and returned to work.

Results: There were 21 articles deemed eligible for inclusion. Meta-analysis suggested that 67% of patients with HNC who were employed at diagnosis RTW (95% CI 62%–73%, I2 = 97.53%). Patients who RTW were demonstrated to have lower levels of anxiety and depressive symptoms on the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale.

Conclusions: Return to work is an important clinical outcome which must be considered in the survivorship care of patients with HNC.

Item ID: 76122
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1097-0347
Keywords: head and neck, head and neck cancer, otorhinolaryngology, Quality of life, return to work
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Authors. Head & Neck published by Wiley Periodicals LLC. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2022 08:16
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42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420199 Allied health and rehabilitation science not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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