Participation in daily activities among working women following breast cancer

Khawla Loubani-Hawaita, Naomi Schreuer, Uzi Milman

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Introduction: This study aimed to identify the variables explaining retained activity level for working women with breast cancer; the variables correlating with their performance in daily activities they prioritize; and factors facilitating or restricting their return to work. Method: Sixty working women with breast cancer aged 25 - 65 years completed a personal data questionnaire, the modified Activity Card Sort, the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure; and two open- ended questions about facilitators and barriers to work. Results: Activity levels dropped by a quarter following BC treatments. Most women (67%) decreased their weekly working hours, although a third identified work as their highest priority. A higher total retained activity level was explained by fewer limitations on the range of motion (upper extremity), age younger than 45 years, and higher educational attainment. Cognitive limitations and limited range of motion negatively correlated with retained activity level at work. Personal and disease factors, job demands, and environmental factors facilitated or restricted return to work. Conclusion: Interventions should focus on physical and cognitive rehabilitation to regain functioning in the context of work and productive daily activities. Special attention should be paid to the greater needs of younger women.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-162
Number of pages11
JournalOpen Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Issue number03
StatePublished - 2016


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