Evidence-Based Approaches for Optimizing Employment Outcomes among Cancer Survivors Workshop

On August 11 & 12, 2016, the Healthcare Delivery Research Program hosted a workshop to articulate a research agenda for optimizing work outcomes among cancer survivors. This workshop convened a multidisciplinary group of 29 individuals with collective expertise in oncology, cancer care delivery, cancer survivorship, rehabilitation, work disability, employment law, employee benefits and workplace wellness.

The final report from this workshop is currently under development.

Agenda

Day 1: Research and Interventions

9:00-9:30 Introduction and welcome remarks
9:30-10:45 Reflecting on the meeting preparation
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Core Question:
What observational research is needed to address a broad range of work limitations among cancer patients and survivors?

Discussion questions:
  • What research is needed to better understand the work limitations caused by treatment among cancer patients and survivors?
  • What research is needed to better understand how the work environment impacts work limitations among cancer patients and survivors?
  • How are cancer patients’/survivors’ work limitations (or concerns about potential work limitations) addressed over the course of treatment by health care providers?
  • How are cancer-related work limitations addressed by employers?
12:30-1:45 Lunch
1:45-3:20 Core Question:
What types of interventions are needed to prevent and/or mitigate work limitations among cancer patients and survivors?

Discussion questions:
  • What types of interventions are needed to prevent and/or mitigate work limitations caused by treatment among cancer patients and survivors?
  • What types of workplace interventions are needed to prevent and/or mitigate work limitations among cancer patients and survivors?
  • What interventions are needed to address work limitations caused by treatment among patients/survivors who differ in their functional limitations, job demands, and workplace?
  • What workplace interventions are needed to address work limitations among patients/survivors who differ in their functional limitations and job demands?
3:20-3:35 Break
3:35-4:45 Wrap-up Day 1

Day 2: How Do We Get There & Priority Setting

8:30-9:00 Welcome and Day 1 Recap
9:00-10:00 Core Question:
If the goal is to develop survivor-, provider- and employer-based interventions to address work limitations among cancer survivors, how do we get there?
  • What information do we need?
  • What barriers do we need to overcome?
  • Which stakeholders and key opinion leaders do we need to engage?
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Core Question:
What is the most important direction this field needs to go and what is the most actionable way to get there?
12:00-12:30 Wrap up for day 2, discuss next steps
12:30 Adjourn

Planning committee

  • Janet S. de Moor, PhD, MPH, Behavioral Scientist and Program Director, Healthcare Delivery Research Program, NCI
  • Melvin Grimes, BS, Cancer Research Training Award Fellow, NCI
  • Erin E. Kent, PhD, MS, Epidemiologist and Program Director, Healthcare Delivery Research Program, NCI
  • Wynne E. Norton, PhD, Program Officer, Implementation Science Team, NCI
  • Megan Roberts, PhD, Cancer Prevention Fellow, Behavioral Research Program, NCI
  • Diarmuid Coughlan, Mpharm, Msc, PhD, Health Economist, Surveillance Research Program, NCI
  • Catherine M. Alfano, PhD, Vice President of Survivorship, American Cancer Society
  • Cathy J. Bradley, PhD, Associate Director of Population Sciences Research at the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center

Contact

If you have questions about this workshop or research area, please contact Janet S. de Moor, PhD, MPH, phone: 240-276-6806.