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InHealth awards grant to research team at Hartford Hospital
Date:11/11/2010

on. Patients will have been actively working when treated, and will be asked to recall their experience, including work frequency at time of diagnosis, during and after treatment, and currently. The researchers will also collect data on paid leaves, unemployment compensation, features of employment, satisfaction with current work compared with the time of diagnosis, and the amount of time elapsed before a patient was able to return to work, among other issues.

Researchers will classify employment and salary data for each patient before treatment and six months and three years after. This information will then be compared with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, generating an economic measure of each patient's social capital.

The study, "Technology and Access to Work During and After Prostate Cancer Treatment," will be led by principal investigator Andrew L. Salner, MD, director of the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center and associate clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. It will involve researchers from the Hartford Hospital Research Program; the University of Connecticut, Storrs; and the cole Libre des Hautes tudes, in New York City.

Salner and his team will recruit patients from Hartford Hospital's Comprehensive Prostate Center Database, launched in 2006, which documents the entire clinical process from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up for all patients receiving active treatment from any urologist or radiation oncologist affiliated with Hartford Hospital. Quality of life data are also collected. Patients treated before 2006 will be identified through the Hartford Hospital Cancer Registry.

"We are most pleased to have been selected for this prestigious research funding from InHealth," said Salner. "It certainly allows the study of how new and innovative technologies can impact cancer patients' quality of life, their return to productive normalcy, and the environment in which they f
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