Examination – focus on addressing physical consequences of cancer diagnosis and treatment
Psychological issues – especially anxiety and depression and motivational factors
Social factors including family support, attitudes of co-workers and employer and social security, insurance and superannuation issues.
An understanding of the work demands is important to facilitate a return to work
Communication –Early, with active participation of the patient and employer
Certification, including activity and return to work advice
Explanation and reassurance
Return to work plan and plan for further treatment including allowance for time for ongoing medical appointments etc.
Emphasize physical reconditioning and treatment of any identified psychological barriers
Apply simple low intensity measures with progressive stepping up of hours and duties
Understanding the worker’s perceptions about their disease, its prognosis and their own capacity for work
Physical and psychological progress issues following a partial resumption of work activities
Workplace environmental, psychosocial and personal factors which may have emerged
Ongoing communication at the work place can positively influence early outcomes and identify relevant issues
Actively managing a return to work process with a practical problem solving framework can enhance early return to work and facilitate progressive improvement
Identifying and actively managing risk factors associated with poor outcomes can assist with return to work