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Dr. A.G.E.M. de Boer

Position
Associate professor (UHD)
Main activities
Research
Specialisation
Cancer and work, occupational health
Focus of research

The research line aims to improve work functioning and to prevent unemployment in patients with a chronic disease or with chronic symptoms as a result of a disease with specific emphasis on cancer patients.
The focus is on three aspects: 1) Getting insight in the work situation, quality of working life and career pathways of employees with a chronic disease; 2) Identifying risk factors for unemployment and diminished work functioning; 3) Developing and evaluating evidence-based interventions to support employment, re-integration and work functioning in employees with a chronic disease, especially in cancer patients.

Specialties:
-Predictors of return to work
-Supporting return to work and work retention of cancer survivors
-Rehabilitation of cancer survivors
-Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
-Cost-effectiveness
-Quality of Life
-Quality of Working Life
-Guideline development
-Questionnaire development
 

Key publications
  • de Jong M , Tamminga SJ, van Es RJJ, Frings-Dresen MHW, de Boer AGEM, The quality of working life questionnaire for cancer survivors (QWLQ-CS): factorial structure, internal consistency, construct validity and reproducibility. BMC CANCER 2018;18 (1):66 [PubMed]
  • Zaman AGNM, Tytgat KMAJ, Klinkenbijl JHG, Frings-Dresen MHW, de Boer AGEM, Design of a multicentre randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a tailored clinical support intervention to enhance return to work for gastrointestinal cancer patients. BMC CANCER 2016;16:303 [PubMed]
  • Rottenberg Y, Ratzon NZ, Cohen M, Hubert A, Uziely B, de Boer AGEM, Unemployment risk at 2 and 4 years following colorectal cancer diagnosis: a population based study. EUR J CANCER 2016;69:70-76 [PubMed]
  • de Boer AGEM, Taskila TK, Tamminga SJ, Feuerstein M, Frings-Dresen MHW, Verbeek JH, Interventions to enhance return-to-work for cancer patients. COCHRANE DB SYST REV 2015;2015 (9):CD007569 [PubMed]
  • Aaronson NK, Mattioli V, Minton O, Weis J, Johansen C, Dalton SO, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Stein KD, Alfano CM, Mehnert A, de Boer A, van de Poll-Franse LV, Beyond treatment - Psychosocial and behavioural issues in cancer survivorship research and practice. EJC SUPPL 2014;12 (1):54-64 [PubMed]
All Publications
Research programmes

Chronic disease and work

The research line aims to improve work functioning and to prevent unemployment in patients with a chronic disease or with chronic symptoms as a result of a disease with specific emphasis on cancer patients.
The focus is on three aspects: 1) Getting insight in the work situation, quality of working life and career pathways of employees with a chronic disease; 2) Identifying risk factors for unemployment and diminished work functioning; 3) Developing and evaluating evidence-based interventions to support employment, re-integration and work functioning in employees with a chronic disease.
Research is conducted both within the curative sector into employees returning to work or employees who have returned to work but are experiencing work-related problems and within companies of employees with a chronic disease. Interventions to support employment, re-integration and work functioning in employees with a chronic disease involve support by health care professionals including nurses, occupational physicians and medical specialists and e-health interventions. Research is further focused on questionnaire construction, meta-analyses and guideline development.
 

Faculty
Dr. A.G.E.M. de Boer
Prof. dr. C.A.M. van Bennekom (Heliomare)
Dr. E.J. Boezeman
Prof. dr. M.H.W. Frings-Dresen
Dr. J.L. Hoving BSc MSc PhD
Dr. K. Nieuwenhuijsen
Prof. dr. J.K. Sluiter †
Dr. S.J. Tamminga PhD
Dr. S.J. Vermeulen MD
Prof. dr. H. Wind (UWV)

Postdocs
Drs. B.H. Donker-Cools MD PhD (UWV)
Dr. A. Suman
J.M. van Velzen PhD (Rehabilitation Center Heliomare)

PhD Students
M.A. Greidanus MSc
Drs. F. Los
Y.B. Suijkerbuijk
C. Tikka
I. Visser MD (ZZP)
M.E.C. de Wit MSc
A. Zaman MSc

Prof. dr. M.H.W. Frings-Dresen (Occupational Diseases; Etiology and prevention of work-related diseases)

Other research related activities
  • Board of directors / Trustees / Supervisory board, Chair: EU-funded COST network CANWON with researchers and patient organisations
  • Member, Member of the Working Group of Employment and Occupational Issues of the Scientific Committee of the second French National Survey on Cancer Survivors (INCa: Institut National du Cancer)
  • Member, Member of the European Collaborative Group on Cancer Survivorship (ECGCS)
  • Membership of medical or scientific committee, Work Disability Prevention and Integration, Scientific Committe
  • Membership of medical or scientific committee, MacMillan Cancer Fund UK
  • Contribution to guidelines and protocols, Kanker en Werk
  • Contribution to training of professionals, University of Amsterdam
Current research funding
  • AMC
  • Deloitte Consulting B.V.
  • Europese Unie
  • KWF Kankerbestrijding
  • Ministerie van SZW
  • Stichting Instituut GAK