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Returning to work following curative chemotherapy: a qualitative study of return to work barriers and preferences for intervention

Knott, Vikki, Zrim, Stephanie, Shanahan, E., Anastassiadis, Peter, Lawn, Sharon, Kichenadasse, G, Sukumaran, Shawgi, Karapetis, Christos and Koczwara, Bogda (2014). Returning to work following curative chemotherapy: a qualitative study of return to work barriers and preferences for intervention. Supportive Care in Cancer,22(12):3263-3273.

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Title Returning to work following curative chemotherapy: a qualitative study of return to work barriers and preferences for intervention
Author Knott, Vikki
Zrim, Stephanie
Shanahan, E.
Anastassiadis, Peter
Lawn, Sharon
Kichenadasse, G
Sukumaran, Shawgi
Karapetis, Christos
Koczwara, Bogda
Journal Name Supportive Care in Cancer
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 22
Issue Number 12
ISSN 0941-4355   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84904785198
Start Page 3263
End Page 3273
Total Pages 11
Place of Publication Germany
Publisher Springer
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Purpose
This study aimed to explore barriers to return to work (RTW) and preferences for intervention and support for cancer patients treated with curative intent from the perspectives of cancer survivors and oncology health professionals.

Methods
Participants attended a focus group (N = 24) or an individual interview (N = 14). A topic guide and a semi-structured recorded interview format were used to gather data, which were later transcribed and analysed for global themes and subthemes.

Results

With regard to barriers, the global theme ‘work capacity’ captured an array of barriers encompassing financial pressure, preparedness for work, lack of confidence as well as other key physical, practical and psychosocial barriers. Participants expressed a preference for RTW models that focus on objective and structured assessment whilst allowing for flexibility to address individual needs.

Conclusions
Cancer survivors perceive multiple barriers when attempting to RTW. These barriers were perceived to impact upon work capacity, where ‘capacity’ was defined broadly to include practical, physical and psychosocial concerns. RTW is an important concern for cancer survivors and structured RTW interventions should be incorporated into the care of cancer survivors.

DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00520-014-2324-y   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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