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People with cancer have an increased risk of impaired occupational engagement and occupational performance due to the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial impacts of cancer and cancer treatment (Duker & Sleight, 2019; Pergolotti et al., 2016; Polo & Smith, 2018).

The involvement of occupational therapy (OT) in the care of people with cancer remains limited, resulting in a finite amount of literature on OT interventions to address this population (Pergolotti et al., 2016). The primary focus of OT for people with cancer has been on physical client factors and interventions, and people with cancer report that their psychosocial factors are being overlooked (Sleight & Duker, 2016).

OT practitioners have expressed confidence in the use of physical interventions because of its supporting literature (Hunter et al., 2017). Weis (2015) emphasizes that there is a limited understanding of psychosocial interventions for people with cancer. 69% of surveyed OT practitioners reported they desired more evidence-based guidance on OT interventions for people with cancer (Duker & Sleight, 2019).

Publication Date

Summer 8-7-2023


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Occupational Therapy | Oncology | Psychiatric and Mental Health


Poster presented at the Summer 2023 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on August 2-9, 2042

Addressing Psychosocial Client Factors in People with Cancer: An Occupational Therapy Guidebook