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Szilagy, IS; Nagele, E; Fürschuß, C; Mohapp, A; Wiegele, K; Lackner, H; Urban, C.
Influencing factors on career choice and current occupation analysis of adult survivors of childhood cancer: a special focus on health-related occupations.
Magazine of European medical oncology. 2019; 12: 83-90.
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Autor/innen der Med Uni Graz:
Lackner Herwig
Mohapp Andrea
Nagele Eva Helene
Szilagyi Istvan-Szilard
Urban Ernst-Christian
Wiegele Karin

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BackgroundPlanning acareer and choosing aprofession is an important step in the future development to adolescence. Although cancer and the consequences of the disease have ahigh impact on the bio-psychosocial level, less is known concerning the profession prevalence of childhood cancer survivors. Therefore, major influencing factors on career choice and current occupations of former Austrian childhood cancer patients have been analysed, especially focusing on health-related occupations.MethodsAsurvey battery including possible influencing factors on career choice was sent by mail. Physical and daily life impairment was evaluated by the quality of life survey (SF-12) and an adapted version of the Pain Disability Index (PDI). In total, 102 survivors with amean age of 32.8 (SD4.9) years (50% women) participated.ResultsAsignificantly high proportion of survivors was found currently holding health-related occupations, also when compared to the general Austrian population. Disease and treatment, female gender, social and family circumstances have substantial impact on the choice of ahealth-related career. Mean SF-12 scores were comparable to ahealthy reference group, although scores for mental health were marginally lower in our group, and scores for physical health were slightly higher. The PDI scores were very low, which indicates no major influences in everyday activities.ConclusionsThere was found asignificant trend that adult survivors of childhood cancer are more likely to work in health-related professions than the average population. Occupational planning should consequently be supported and mental health might be addressed during regular follow-up visits.

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