Using intervention mapping to develop a work-related guidance tool for those affected by cancer
journal contributionposted on 2015-04-08, 15:37 authored by Fehmidah MunirFehmidah Munir, Katryna Kalawsky, Deborah Wallis, Emma Donaldson-Feilder
Working-aged individuals diagnosed and treated for cancer require support and assistance to make decisions regarding work. However, healthcare professionals do not consider the work-related needs of patients and employers do not understand the full impact cancer can have upon the employee and their work. We therefore developed a work-related guidance tool for those diagnosed with cancer that enables them to take the lead in stimulating discussion with a range of different healthcare professionals, employers, employment agencies and support services. The tool facilitates discussions through a set of questions individuals can utilise to find solutions and minimise the impact cancer diagnosis, prognosis and treatment may have on their employment, sick leave and return to work outcomes. The objective of the present article is to describe the systematic development and content of the tool using Intervention Mapping Protocol (IMP).
This work was supported by the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative and Macmillan Cancer Support.
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