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01-04-2016 | Uitgave 4/2016 Open Access

Quality of Life Research 4/2016

Employment and insurance outcomes and factors associated with employment among long-term thyroid cancer survivors: a population-based study from the PROFILES registry

Quality of Life Research > Uitgave 4/2016
S. J. Tamminga, U. Bültmann, O. Husson, J. L. P. Kuijpens, M. H. W. Frings-Dresen, A. G. E. M. de Boer
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O. Husson—Formally at Center of Research on Psychology in Somatic Diseases, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands.



To obtain insight into employment and insurance outcomes of thyroid cancer survivors and to examine the association between not having employment and other factors including quality of life.


In this cross-sectional population-based study, long-term thyroid cancer survivors from the Netherlands participated. Clinical data were collected from the cancer registry. Information on employment, insurance, socio-demographic characteristics, long-term side effects, and quality of life was collected with questionnaires.


Of the 223 cancer survivors (response rate 87 %), 71 % were employed. Of the cancer survivors who tried to obtain insurance, 6 % reported problems with obtaining health care insurance, 62 % with life insurance, and 16 % with a mortgage. In a multivariate logistic regression analysis, higher age (OR 1.07, CI 1.02–1.11), higher level of fatigue (OR 1.07, CI 1.01–1.14), and lower educational level (OR 3.22, CI 1.46–7.09) were associated with not having employment. Employment was associated with higher quality of life.


Many thyroid cancer survivors face problems when obtaining a life insurance, and older, fatigued, and lower educated thyroid cancer survivors may be at risk for not having employment.

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