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Exploration of the return to work experiences of breast cancer survivors in Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Brennan, Niamh
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-02T16:35:37Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-02T16:35:37Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5744
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose: There has been an international increase in research concerning the recommencement of paid employment in cancer survivors. However, there is a lack of literature that captures the lived experiences of returning to work in Ireland, particularly for breast cancer survivors. This qualitative study aims to explore Irish breast cancer survivors' experiences of transitioning back to the workplace following treatment. Methods: A qualitative approach using semi- structured interviews was employed to explore and gain insight into the work-related experiences of seven breast cancer survivors. The collected data was transcribed, entered into Nvivo software and analysed, using Braun & Clarke's (2006) six stages of thematic analysis. Results: Six themes emerged from the data: The experience of financial support, inadequate professional advice received, emotional experience in anticipation of returning to work, experiences with employer, the transitional experience, and challenges experienced when back to work. Conclusion: The results of the study are consistent with international studies exploring the experiences of returning to work post breast cancer. The employer's role in providing financial support and work role accommodations appear to be crucial factors in the transition of breast cancer survivors from sick leave to the workplace. Moreover, a lack of professional guidance about returning to work has also been found to effect breast cancer survivors' resumption of employment. The study's findings can contribute to occupational therapy oncology interventions and vocational rehabilitation services for people post breast cancer. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject cancer survivors en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject breast cancer en_US
dc.subject recommencement of paid employment en_US
dc.title Exploration of the return to work experiences of breast cancer survivors in Ireland en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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