J Korean Acad Fundam Nurs.  2020 Aug;27(3):298-309. 10.7739/jkafn.2020.27.3.298.

Unmet Needs for Job Maintenance of Breast Cancer Survivors

Affiliations
  • 1Professor, College of Nursing, Konyang University, Daejeon, Korea
  • 2Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, Seoul Women's College of Nursing, Seoul, Korea
  • 3Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Konyang University, Daejeon, Korea

Abstract

Purpose
To develop and apply an integrative model for breast cancer survivors’ return to work, survivors’unsatisfied demands for job maintenance were identified.
Methods
This study was a qualitative research that used a focus group to investigate breast cancer survivors’ unsatisfied demands for job maintenance. Data collection was conducted four times from February to October 2019 with six participants.
Results
The study showed that the six participants identified the following unsatisfied demands for breast cancer survivors who returned to work: the individual’s physical and psychological condition, attitudes and support from family, work-related characteristics, the healthcare system, and social (political) issues. Thirteen sub-topics were identified.
Conclusion
This study provided necessary data to prepare a strategy for breast cancer survivors to return to work and proposed to develop an integrative model and a professional training program in further research.

Keyword

Breast neoplasms; Cancer survivors; Return to work; Needs assessment; Focus groups
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