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The Power of Empowerment: An ICF-Based Model to Improve Self-Efficacy and Upper Extremity Function of Survivors of Breast Cancer
Rehabilitation Oncology (2010)
  • Dana Howell, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Mary I. Fisher, University of Dayton
Abstract
Breast cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers among women. Breast cancer treatments often negatively impact the function of the arm, and quality of life and upper extremity function does not always return to a prediagnosis level. Survivors of breast cancer may also experience feelings of diminished self-efficacy related to functional deficits resulting from their physical limitations. The International Classification of Functioning (ICF) provides a framework for rehabilitation practitioners to address physical and psychological impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. Patient outcomes may be improved by fostering self-efficacy through empowerment. This paper explores how the ICF model and theories of self-efficacy and empowerment can interact to promote improved rehabilitation outcomes for women who have survived breast cancer. A model for the role of rehabilitation practitioners to enhance self-efficacy throughempowerment in order to minimize participation restrictions resulting from upper extremity morbidities is proposed.
Keywords
  • breast cancer survivors,
  • icf model self-efficacy breast cancer survivors,
  • breast cancer rehabilitation
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Dana Howell and Mary I. Fisher. "The Power of Empowerment: An ICF-Based Model to Improve Self-Efficacy and Upper Extremity Function of Survivors of Breast Cancer" Rehabilitation Oncology Vol. 28 Iss. 3 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/danahowell/11/