ERIC Number: ED436051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Working It Out: Workplace Experiences of Individuals with HIV and Individuals with Cancer.
Fesko, Sheila Lynch
Research to Practice, v5 n2 Jul 1999
Thirty-two individuals with cancer or HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) were interviewed concerning their employment related experiences and concerns. Findings indicated that the decision to tell their supervisor and/or co-workers about their health status varied substantially between individuals with HIV and those with cancer. All study participants with cancer disclosed to their employer and co-workers whereas only a third of those with HIV infection told everyone in their workplace. Most of the individuals interviewed experienced a range of reactions from people at work but most reactions were reported to be positive and supportive. More individuals with HIV infection than cancer reported examples of negative or unpleasant experiences in their interactions with others. Sixty-four percent of individuals with cancer reported receiving accommodations on their job, as compared to 50 percent of people who were HIV positive. Despite similarities in the symptoms they experienced, the manifestation of these two illnesses was described differently by participants. Strategies are suggested for individuals concerning the decision to disclose, the disclosure strategy, requesting accommodations, and rights and resources. (DB)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Cancer, Disclosure, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Interviews, Quality of Working Life, Special Health Problems
Institute for Community Inclusion (UAP), Center on State Systems and Employment (RRTC), Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115. Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. Inst. for Community Inclusion.