ARPIL: NEW REVIEW ON CANCER SURVIVORSHIP, PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS & EMPLOYMENT

A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW PUBLISHED ON EFFECTIVENESS OF PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS WITH CANCER SURVIVORS TO PROMOTE EMPLOYMENT

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A systematic review by Carlton Fong, Kathleen Murphy, John Westbrook and Minda Markle on psychosocial interventions to facilitate employment outcomes for cancer survivors has been recently been published by the Campbell Collaboration. On the basis of their study applying random-effects meta-analysis using odds ratio effect sizes, the authors drew the following conclusions:

“This review highlights the positive effect psychosocial interventions may have on employment outcomes for cancer survivors. However, the methodological shortcomings of the included studies overall makes it likely that there is bias in the results and too few studies to provide sufficiently strong evidence to recommend particular practices. This review brings attention to the need for additional rigorous studies in this area, in particular, randomized controlled trials with more detailed reporting of data and study design and methodology.”

The reference is:

Fong, C.J., Murphy, K., Westbrook, J.D., and Markle, M (2015) Behavioural, psychological, educational and vocational interventions to facilitate employment outcomes for cancer survivors: A systematic review. Campbell Systematic Reviews, 11, Issue 5.

Campbell Systematic Reviews is the peer-reviewed online monograph series of systematic reviews prepared under the editorial control of the Campbell Collaboration. Campbell systematic reviews follow structured guidelines and standards for summarizing the international research evidence on the effects of interventions in crime and justice, education, international development, and social welfare.

The publication may be accessed at: http://campbellcollaboration.org/lib/project/225/
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