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Wage losses among spouses of women with nonmetastatic breast cancer.
Cancer 2019C

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The aim of this study was to evaluate the wage losses incurred by spouses of women with nonmetastatic breast cancer in the 6 months after the diagnosis.

METHODS

A prospective cohort study of spouses of women diagnosed with nonmetastatic breast cancer who were recruited in 8 hospitals in the province of Quebec (Canada) was performed. Information for estimating wage losses was collected by telephone interviews conducted 1 and 6 months after the diagnosis. Log-binomial regressions were used to identify personal, medical, and employment characteristics associated with experiencing wage losses, and generalized linear models were used to identify characteristics associated with the proportion of usual wages lost.

RESULTS

Overall, 829 women (86% participation) and 406 spouses (75% participation) consented to participate. Among the 279 employed spouses, 78.5% experienced work absences because of breast cancer. Spouses were compensated for 66.3% of their salary on average during their absence. The median wage loss was $0 (mean, $1820) (2003 Canadian dollars). Spouses were more likely to experience losses if they were self-employed or lived 50 km or farther from the hospital. Among spouses who experienced wage losses, those who were self-employed or whose partners had invasive breast cancer lost a higher proportion of wages.

CONCLUSIONS

Although spouses took some time off work, for many, the resulting wage losses were modest because of compensation received. Still, the types of compensation used may hide other forms of burden for families facing breast cancer.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Population Health and Optimal Health Practices Research Axis, CHU de Québec-Université Laval Research Centre, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.Population Health and Optimal Health Practices Research Axis, CHU de Québec-Université Laval Research Centre, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Faculty of Pharmacy, Université Laval, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Centre des Maladies du Sein (Center for Breast Diseases) CHU de Québec-Université Laval, Saint-Sacrement Hospital, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.Population Health and Optimal Health Practices Research Axis, CHU de Québec-Université Laval Research Centre, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.Centre des Maladies du Sein (Center for Breast Diseases) CHU de Québec-Université Laval, Saint-Sacrement Hospital, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Oncology Research Axis, CHU de Québec-Université Laval Research Centre, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.Centre Intégré du Cancer du Sein CHUM, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.Centre des Maladies du Sein (Center for Breast Diseases) CHU de Québec-Université Laval, Saint-Sacrement Hospital, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Oncology Research Axis, CHU de Québec-Université Laval Research Centre, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31821547

Citation

Humphries, Brittany, et al. "Wage Losses Among Spouses of Women With Nonmetastatic Breast Cancer." Cancer, 2019.
Humphries B, Lauzier S, Drolet M, et al. Wage losses among spouses of women with nonmetastatic breast cancer. Cancer. 2019.
Humphries, B., Lauzier, S., Drolet, M., Coyle, D., Mâsse, B., Provencher, L., ... Maunsell, E. (2019). Wage losses among spouses of women with nonmetastatic breast cancer. Cancer, doi:10.1002/cncr.32638.
Humphries B, et al. Wage Losses Among Spouses of Women With Nonmetastatic Breast Cancer. Cancer. 2019 Dec 10; PubMed PMID: 31821547.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Wage losses among spouses of women with nonmetastatic breast cancer. AU - Humphries,Brittany, AU - Lauzier,Sophie, AU - Drolet,Mélanie, AU - Coyle,Douglas, AU - Mâsse,Benoît, AU - Provencher,Louise, AU - Robidoux,André, AU - Maunsell,Elizabeth, Y1 - 2019/12/10/ PY - 2019/08/28/received PY - 2019/10/22/revised PY - 2019/10/30/accepted PY - 2019/12/11/entrez PY - 2019/12/11/pubmed PY - 2019/12/11/medline KW - breast neoplasms KW - cohort studies KW - cost of illness KW - salaries and fringe benefits KW - spouses JF - Cancer JO - Cancer N2 - BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the wage losses incurred by spouses of women with nonmetastatic breast cancer in the 6 months after the diagnosis. METHODS: A prospective cohort study of spouses of women diagnosed with nonmetastatic breast cancer who were recruited in 8 hospitals in the province of Quebec (Canada) was performed. Information for estimating wage losses was collected by telephone interviews conducted 1 and 6 months after the diagnosis. Log-binomial regressions were used to identify personal, medical, and employment characteristics associated with experiencing wage losses, and generalized linear models were used to identify characteristics associated with the proportion of usual wages lost. RESULTS: Overall, 829 women (86% participation) and 406 spouses (75% participation) consented to participate. Among the 279 employed spouses, 78.5% experienced work absences because of breast cancer. Spouses were compensated for 66.3% of their salary on average during their absence. The median wage loss was $0 (mean, $1820) (2003 Canadian dollars). Spouses were more likely to experience losses if they were self-employed or lived 50 km or farther from the hospital. Among spouses who experienced wage losses, those who were self-employed or whose partners had invasive breast cancer lost a higher proportion of wages. CONCLUSIONS: Although spouses took some time off work, for many, the resulting wage losses were modest because of compensation received. Still, the types of compensation used may hide other forms of burden for families facing breast cancer. SN - 1097-0142 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31821547/Wage_losses_among_spouses_of_women_with_nonmetastatic_breast_cancer L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.32638 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -