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PhD A.G.E.M. de Boer

Position
Associate Professor
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 Merel, Tamminga Sietske J., van Es Robert J. J., Frings-Dresen Monique H. W., de Boer Angela G. E. M. 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 AnneClaire G. N. M., Tytgat Kristien M. A. J., Klinkenbijl Jean H. G., Frings-Dresen Monique H. W., de Boer Angela G. E. M. 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 Yakir, Ratzon Navah Z., Cohen Miri, Hubert Ayala, Uziely Beatrice, de Boer Angela G. E. M. Unemployment risk at 2 and 4 years following colorectal cancer diagnosis: a population based study European journal of cancer (Oxford, England 2016;69:70-76 [PubMed]
  • de Boer Angela G. E. M., Taskila Tyna K., Tamminga Sietske J., Feuerstein Michael, Frings-Dresen Monique H. W., Verbeek Jos H. Interventions to enhance return-to-work for cancer patients Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online) 2015;2015 (9):CD007569 [PubMed]
  • Aaronson Neil K., Mattioli Vittorio, Minton Ollie, Weis Joachim, Johansen Christoffer, Dalton Susanne O., Verdonck-de Leeuw Irma M., Stein Kevin D., Alfano Catherine M., Mehnert Anja, de Boer Angela, van de Poll-Franse Lonneke V. Beyond treatment - Psychosocial and behavioural issues in cancer survivorship research and practice EJC supplements : EJC 2014;12 (1):54-64 [PubMed]
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Research programmes

PhD A.G.E.M. de Boer (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
PhD E.J. Boezeman
BSc MSc PhD J.L. Hoving
PhD K. Nieuwenhuijsen
PhD S.J. Tamminga
Prof. PhD C.A.M. van Bennekom
MD PhD S.J. Vermeulen
Prof. PhD H. Wind

Postdocs
MD PhD B.H.P.M. Donker-Cools
PhD J.M. van Velzen
N. Zipfel

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

Current research funding
  • AMC
  • Deloitte Consulting B.V.
  • KWF Kankerbestrijding
  • Ministerie van SZW
  • Stichting Instituut GAK