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Table 4 Themes and subthemes regarding the interaction with the social environment

From: Survived but feeling vulnerable and insecure: a qualitative study of the mental preparation for RTW after breast cancer treatment

Themes   Subthemes
Work environment · Doubts regarding the employee’s condition and ability
  · Not knowing how to support the employee
  · No understanding of or encouraging RTW
Insurance environment · Obligation to return to work sooner than expected (by the employee)
  · Feeling pressured and misunderstood
Medical environment · Advising against RTW for medical reasons
  · Protecting the employee from returning to work too soon
Private environment · Discussing the considerations regarding RTW
  · Advising against RTW in case of problematic reintegration