Successful return to work for cancer survivors.

Nancy M. Nachreiner, Rada K. Dagher, Patricia M McGovern, Beth A. Baker, Bruce H Alexander, Susan G Gerberich

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)290-295
Number of pages6
JournalAAOHN journal : official journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007

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