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Disability and remote work during the pandemic with implications for cancer survivors

Citation

Kruse, D., Park, S. R., van der Meulen Rodgers, Y., & Schur, L. (2022). Disability and remote work during the pandemic with implications for cancer survivorsJournal of cancer survivorship : research and practice, 1–17. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11764-021-01146-z

Abstract 

Purpose This article examines the extent to which employees worked from home because of the pandemic, focusing on differentials between people with and without disabilities with implications for cancer survivors.

Methods We use data on COVID-19 from the Current Population Survey over the May 2020 to June 2021 period. We present descriptive statistics and the results from regression and decomposition analysis.

Results While workers with disabilities were more likely than those without disabilities to be teleworking before the pandemic, they were less likely to be teleworking as a result of the pandemic. Differences in the occupational distribution account for most of this difference. People with disabilities experienced relatively more pandemic-related hardships as well, compared to people without disabilities, including a greater chance of not being able to work due to their employer losing business and more difficulty in accessing medical care.

Conclusions Many people with disabilities benefit from working from home, and the pandemic has increased employer acceptance of these arrangements, but the potential is limited by the current occupational distribution.

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