Engagement and experiences of a workbook based intervention to support return‐to‐work for cancer survivors

Lauren Schumacher, Maria Armaou, Steven Sadhra, Andrew Sutton, Pauline Rolf, Anjali Zarkar, Elizabeth Grunfeld

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Abstract

Returning to work is recognized as a key aspect of cancer survivorship and returning to normality posttreatment. However, returning to work can present a number of challenges. WorkPlan is a workbook based intervention to support cancer survivors in the return to work process. This study aimed to explore the engagement and experiences of cancer survivors participating in a workbook based intervention (WorkPlan) to support return to work.
Sixty‐seven cancer survivors were recruited and randomized into either the intervention or the usual care arm of a feasibility RCT trial. Qualitative interviews (n = 23) were conducted with participants in the intervention arm at one month post‐intervention and again at 12 months. Interviews at both times explored how participants managed their return‐to‐work and how engagement with the intervention provided supported that process. Interviews were audio recorded, transcribed verbatim and analyzed using a Framework approach.
A total of 23 participants were interviewed. Results indicate that the workbook supported participants to create a return to work plan and communicate with their employer; participants cited this as crucial to managing their return‐to‐work. In addition, the workbook format of the intervention was well received with participants and they suggested ways in which hard copy materials and the act of writing were preferable to online interventions.
The present study demonstrates how a workbook based intervention can support cancer survivors to successfully cope with a return to work following cancer treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages3-3
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventWorld Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 14 Aug 201718 Aug 2017
Conference number: 19
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ConferenceWorld Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy
Abbreviated titleIPOS 2017
CountryGermany
CityBerlin
Period14/08/1718/08/17
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    Schumacher, L., Armaou, M., Sadhra, S., Sutton, A., Rolf, P., Zarkar, A., & Grunfeld, E. (2017). Engagement and experiences of a workbook based intervention to support return‐to‐work for cancer survivors. 3-3. Abstract from World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy, Berlin, Germany.