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Work-related self-report measures and assessment tools in cancer survivorship: a systematic literature review

Ladehoff, N., Sturm, K., and Mehnert, A.
PURPOSE: To systematically review and appraise studies examining self-report questionnaires measuring work-related aspects in cancer patients.

METHOD: Literature search methodology: Searches in Embase, PsycINFO, PSYNDEXplus, PSYNDEXplus Tests and PubMed for the period 1990-2011 were completed. Inclusion criteria were as follows: (i) the questionnaire measures work-related aspects; (ii) the questionnaire has been used in at least one study, which involved cancer patient as a relevant target group; and (iii) articles were written in English or German.

RESULTS: Twenty-two articles out of 350 records were reviewed and 13 questionnaires identified. The majority of measures cover several dimensions of work-related aspects representing a variety of work-related experiences and constructs such as aspects of the work environment, demands at work and work-related interpersonal relations. Nine of the 13 questionnaires showed good internal consistency whereas subscales of four instruments had fair or poor internal consistency. For 12 out of 13 measures, validity and reliability were tested in non-cancer populations.

CONCLUSIONS: The knowledge about reliability and validity of self-report questionnaires measuring work-related aspects in cancer patients is scarce and more high-quality validation studies are needed. Findings further emphasize the need for the development of valid multidimensional measures that are relevant for both research and rehabilitative occupational interventions.
Disabil Rehabil
1464-5165 (Electronic)
Publication year:
Symptom status:
Emotional state
Functional status:
Cognitive/mental functioning
Role functioning
Social functioning
Adults (18-65)
Children (0-18)
Seniors (65+)
Neoplasms and related symptoms
PRO / non-PRO:
Patient Reported Outcome
Type of measurement instrument:
1 - Questionnaires
AVEM - Arbeitsbezogenes Verhaltens- und Erlebensmuster
COPSOQ-II - Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire-II
DCSQ - Demand-Control-Support Questionnaire
DIAMO - Diagnostics of Work Motivation
ERIQ - Effort-Reward Imbalance Questionnaire [alias; ERI - Effort-Reward Imbalance Scale]   
IS - Irritation Scale
Occupational Stress and Coping Inventory (Developed as: AVEM - Arbeitsbezogenes Verhaltens- und Erlebensmuster)
ORQ - Occupational Role Questionnaire
QPSNordic - General Nordic Questionnaire for Psychological and Social Factors at Work
SFSS - Structural Functional Social Support Scale
SPE - Subjective Prognostic Employment Scale
UWES - Utrecht Work Engagement Scale
WAI - Work Ability Index   
WLQ - Work Limitations Questionnaire (version: WLQ-25 - 25 items; WLQ-16 items)