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Cancer and employment - take part in a study

Lay study title: Cancer and employment – does a diagnosis affect your work life?

Institution: This study is being led by Daniela Truzzi, PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

About the study: People affected by pancreatic cancer are being invited to a telephone interview to investigate how individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer navigate their work lives. Specifically, the researcher would like to explore when and why individuals choose to disclose or not to disclose their diagnosis and how this affects their experience of work, their relationship with their colleagues, and their overall well-being. The ultimate aim of the research is to develop recommendations for organisations about how to best support their employees during difficult personal experiences.

Type of opportunity: This opportunity will involve a telephone or Skype interview lasting a maximum of 45 minutes. You will be asked questions about your own experience. For taking part, you will be offered a renumeration of £15.

When will this opportunity be recruiting/taking place?: Daniela will be looking to recruit interviewees until the end of December 2017.

What will participants be asked to do?: Participants will be provided with a consent form, which will explain the purpose and format of the interview. The interviewer will then work through a series of open-ended questions, in which participants will be asked about their experiences at work since their diagnosis. In other words, they will be asked to tell their story. Additionally, participants will be asked a few questions about themselves, such as current/most recent occupation. Participants will be informed that they can stop the interview at any time and can decline to answer any question they wish without penalty or loss of benefits. Participants will also be assured that any personal information they chose to provide will be kept confidential by the researcher.

Who can take part?: Anyone who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was/is in employment at the time of the diagnosis. Participants will be offered a remuneration of £15 for their time.

Who has reviewed the study?: Daniela Truzzi's PhD supervisors: Dr. Tara Reich and Prof. Jacqueline Coyle-Shapiro, from the Department of Management of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Both are contactable if need be.

How will the study benefit people affected by pancreatic cancer? The proposed research is a first step in a larger project which aims to explore the effects of disclosure of acancer diagnosis on employee well-being.

The ultimate aim of the research is to develop recommendations for organisations about how to best support their employees during difficult personal experiences. For people affected by pancreatic cancer, this means identifying key issues that affect their work lives and how these change over time. Knowledge of these challenges and their long term outcomes is crucial to develop good strategies to help individuals and their organisations tackle them throughout the journey post-diagnosis.

What next/who to contact: If you would like to take part in this study, please contact Daniela Truzzi at the London School of Economics:

E: d.truzzi@lse.ac.uk