The Occupational Participation of Latinx Cancer Survivors and Their Family Caregivers Living in Survivorship: A Qualitative Exploration Informed by Multiple Stakeholders

Occup Ther Health Care. 2022 Apr;36(2):116-140. doi: 10.1080/07380577.2021.1907868. Epub 2021 Apr 7.


The purpose of this study was to examine the lived experiences of Latinx cancer survivors and their family caregivers during survivorship. Eighteen semi-structured interviews were conducted with a variety of stakeholders including Latinx cancer survivors (n = 8), their family caregivers (n = 5), and cancer care providers (n = 5). Data were analyzed thematically to describe occupational participation. Latinx families lived in political, economic, language, and social contexts that facilitated and hindered their well-being. Survivors simultaneously experienced occupational deprivation and posttraumatic growth. To promote occupational justice, occupational therapy practitioners and researchers are called to partner with Latinx survivors and their families to facilitate skills needed for everyday participation.

Keywords: Cancer rehabilitation; Latinx; occupational participation; posttraumatic growth; survivorship.

MeSH terms

  • Cancer Survivors*
  • Caregivers
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms*
  • Occupational Therapy*
  • Survivors
  • Survivorship