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Successful return to work for cancer survivors.

Authors
Nachreiner-NM; Dagher-RK; McGovern-PM; Baker-BA; Alexander-BH; Gerberich-SG
Source
AAOHN J 2007 Jul; 55(7):290-295
NIOSHTIC No.
20037465
Abstract
This study investigated factors associated with successful return to work for cancer survivors in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A focus group was held with seven female cancer survivors. Participants discussed return-to-work issues following a cancer diagnosis. Factors such as coworker support and job flexibility improved their experiences, whereas coworker and supervisor ignorance about cancer and lack of support made returning to work more stressful. Participants discussed personal, environmental, and cancer-related factors that influenced their experiences with returning to work following a cancer diagnosis. Knowledge of factors that support employees helps occupational health nurses ease their transition, and may improve quality of life for employees. Physicians and health care provider teams may play a critical role in the employees' positive evaluation of their recovery process. This pilot study serves as a basis for a larger, population-based study.
Keywords
Cancer; Emotional-stress; Employee-health; Psychological-effects; Psychological-processes; Psychological-reactions; Psychological-stress; Qualitative-analysis; Survival-rate; Work-environment; Worker-motivation; Work-organization; Workplace-studies
Contact
Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
CODEN
AAJOEP
Publication Date
20070701
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008434
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
0891-0162
Source Name
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
State
MN; MI
Performing Organization
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
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