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Citation:  Chiu, C., Chan, F., Strauser, D., Feuerstein, M., Ditchman, N.,Cardoso, E., O'Neill, J. & Muller, V. (2014). State rehabilitation services tailored to employment status among cancer survivors. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 24 89-99.
Title:  State rehabilitation services tailored to employment status among cancer survivors
Authors:  Chiu, C., Chan, F., Strauser, D., Feuerstein, M., Ditchman, N.,Cardoso, E., O'Neill, J. & Muller, V.
Year:  2014
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  Springer Science + Business Media New York
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10926-013-9434-0
Full text:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23504487   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported
Research design:  Database mining

Structured abstract:

Background:  Studies have shown that certain vocational rehabilitation services are associated with return to work for unemployed patients with cancer. These include: counseling and guidance, job search assistance, and job placement. Patients who have a job return to post disability may require different interventions to assist them with return to work.
Purpose:  The purpose of this study was to determine whether differences in the types of services were based on the employment status of those with a history of cancer at the time of application.
Setting:  This study included individuals with cancer served by multiple vocational rehabilitation agencies in various settings.
Study sample:  Data on 1,460 people who had cancer were extracted from the Rehabilitation Services Administration Case Service Report.
Intervention:  There were multiple vocational rehabilitation services interventions. This included: assessment, diagnosis and treatment of impairments, vocational rehabilitation counseling and guidance, college or university training, occupational vocational training, on the job training, basic academic remedial or literacy training, job readiness training, disability related, augmentative skills training, miscellaneous training, job search assistance, job placement assistance, on the job supports, transportation services, maintenance services, rehabilitation technology, technical assistance services, information and referral services and other services.
Control or comparison condition:  There was no control or comparison condition.
Data collection and analysis:  Data on demographics and vocational services were analyzed. Multiple discriminant analysis was used to identify different services used by cancer survivors who were unemployed and those who were employed.
Findings:  Vocational rehabilitation service plans can be individualized to meet the employment status and needs of cancer survivors.
Conclusions:  Cancer survivors have the potential to return to work. Services received by cancer survivors who were unemployed and those who were at risk of losing their job received different services from state vocational rehabilitation services. This suggests that services were tailored to meet individual client needs. Vocational rehabilitation services are a resource to assist cancer survivors with employment.

Disabilities served:  Cancer
Populations served:  Gender: Female and Male
Race: Asian
Race: Black / African American
Race: Native Hawaiian / other Pacific Islander
Ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino
Other
Interventions:  Job search and placement assistance
On-the-job training and support
Rehabilitation counseling
Vocational assessment
Vocational rehabilitation
Other
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
Return to work