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Work Outcomes in Self-Employed Cancer Survivors

November 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET



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​The proportion of people ​of working age who are diagnosed with cancer is expected to rise in coming years.  At the same time, in many western countries, the proportion of people in the workforce who are self-employed is growing. For example, the Europe 2020 strategy encourages European Union member states to promote self-employment as a driver of economic growth. 

The past decade has seen an explosion in knowledge about the adverse effects of cancer on people's working lives. Despite the growing importance of the self-employed as a group, there has been a lack of research investigating the impact of cancer on self-employed people.

The session will present findings from recently published research which bought together several datasets from different European countries to examine work-related outcomes in self-employed cancer survivors.  It will discuss: differences between self-employed and salaried cancer survivors; variations across countries; and factors which influence work-related outcomes in self-employed survivors.  It will also: review the state of the evidence internationally; highlight evidence gaps and where further research is needed; and discuss challenges in conducting research on this largely neglected population.​

You will learn:

  • How cancer affects the working life of those who are self-employed
  • How patterns of work participation, and health outcomes, after cancer differ between salaried workers and the self-employed
  • What factors influence work participation following a cancer diagnosis
  • That self-employed cancer survivors may experience poorer work-related outcomes or health outcomes than salaried survivors
  • How national social welfare provisions may drive work engagement following a cancer diagnosis, especially in people who are self-employed
  • That self-employed people consider the needs of their business as well as their health needs after a cancer diagnosis 
  • The areas where further research is needed
  • What issues need to be considered in developing interventions/strategies to support work engagement after cancer in people who are self-employed​

Linda Sharp, PhD

Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University, UK​

Linda Sharp is a Professor of Cancer Epidemiology at Newcastle University in the UK.  She has been conducting research in cancer survivorship for more than 12 years.  Workforce participation after a cancer diagnosis is one of her major interests. She has led a range of qualitative, epidemiological and economic studies which have examined different aspects of this issue and has published widely on this topic. She is a leading member of the EU Cancer and Work Network (CANWON).​


Maureen Parkinson, M.Ed. C.C.R.C

Provincial Vocational Rehablitation Counsellor,  BC Cancer and Co-Director of Cancer and Work

Ms. Maureen Parkinson is the province-wide vocational rehabilitation counsellor at the BC Cancer. She has also been vocational rehabilitation counsellor at a public rehabilitation hospital and vocational rehabilitation consultant to insurance companies and the court system. She has instructed and facilitated Service-Canada-funded programs on job searching and career exploration. Ms. Parkinson has a Masters in Counselling Psychology, is a Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor, and completed the Certified Return to Work Coordinator Program through the National Institute for Disability Management and Research. She has developed return-to-work and job-search seminars for cancer patients and created the guidebook “Cancer and Returning to Work: A Practical Guide for Cancer Patients” as well as on-line articles about returning to work and school. She also co-authored a paper commissioned by the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology, “Cancer and Work: A Canadian Perspective”​

Lucie Kocum, PhD

Core Team Member of the Cancer and Work Research Group and Associate Professor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Saint Mary’s University

​​Dr. Lucie Kocum is a core team member of the Cancer and Work research group.  She is also an Associate Professor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Saint Mary's University, and a member of the CN Centre for Occupational Health. At Saint Mary's University, she teaches graduate-level knowledge translation, research methods and statistics and supervises Honours, Masters, and Doctoral trainees in occupational health psychology, applied health services research, knowledge translation, and industrial psychology (namely personnel measurement). Her mixed-methods quantitative and qualitative research programs in return to work interventions, psychosocial oncology, and occupational health psychology are funded through grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation as well as the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage.​

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