Development of a return-to-work planning tool for cancer survivors: Élaboration d’un outil de planification du retour au travail pour les survivants du cancer

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Abstract

Background.

The ability to return to work (RTW) after a cancer diagnosis can present significant challenges for survivors and can be an important predictor of their long-term quality of life. Survivors report concerns related to disclosing their cancer diagnosis, describing ongoing late effects of cancer, and negotiating workplace accommodations.

Purpose.

This paper outlines the development of an RTW planning template (RTW-PT) designed to improve communication with stakeholders involved in the RTW process. Lessons learned throughout the process of developing the RTW-PT and implications for clinical practice are presented.

Key Issues.

The RTW-PT assists the survivor and his or her health care provider to prioritize job demands during a graded RTW and to identify potential accommodations. The RTW-PT also helps survivors plan how they will communicate their RTW needs, particularly with employers and insurance representatives.

Implications.

The RTW-PT offers a structured approach to support communication among stakeholders involved in the RTW process and to assist survivors in negotiating workplace accommodations.

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