Priority 7 from the Teenage and Young Adult Cancer PSP

UNCERTAINTY: What interventions are most effective in supporting young people when returning to education or work? (JLA PSP Priority 7)
Overall ranking 7
JLA question ID 0060/7
Explanatory note It can be difficult for young people to return to education or work following time off during treatment, they may feel anxious about returning and/or they might be experiencing tiredness or other physical effects of cancer and treatment. Finding out the best ways to help young people return to education or work is important to help them to live well during and after cancer.

de Boer Angela; G E M; Taskila Tyna; K; Tamminga Sietske; J; Feuerstein Michael; Frings-Dresen Monique; H W; Verbeek Jos; H; (2015) Interventions to enhance return-to-work for cancer patients. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.   

Limited relevance for young people: 15 studies, included 7 breast cancer, 2 prostate, 1 head and neck cancer. Particpants were 18 years+. 3 UK studies (all breast cancer). Review concludes: We found moderate quality evidence that multidisciplinary interventions enhance the return to work of patients with cancer.

Health Research Classification System category Cancer
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples How has your diagnosis affect your education and what can we do to help ~ how do we support young people to return to education and work? ~ What forms of assistance are most useful for young people returning to work after treatment? ~  How to return to work and normal life after going through cancer. ~ Do people need more support about going back to work?
Submitted by 3 x health professionals ~ 6 patients ~ 1 x relatives
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0060
PSP name Teenage and Young Adult Cancer
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 185  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 19 January 2018