Presentation M P25

M P25 (Poster Presentation):
Reliability and validity of Brazilian version of the work role functioning questionnaire evaluation workers in radiotherapy

Presented by: Cristiane Helena Gallasch


Gallasch CH1, Alexandre NMC1

  1. Faculty of Nursing, State University of Campinas, Brazil



Introduction: Chronic diseases, as cancer, musculoskeletal, cardiac and neurological disorders, represent serious public health problems, being cause of physical, psychological and social impairments, absenteeism, leaving work activities, and reducing quality of life performance. Cancer, as other chronic diseases, has become also a frequent cause of family instability, especially because financial problems, when removing financial provider from work activities. Survivorship is relevant in rehabilitation process, during and post-treatment, being necessary to prevent challenges related to “live with cancer diagnosis”. Researches about work limitations related to cancer treatment and survivor recent. Professionals of oncology and occupational health areas need information and ability to plan environment modifications and actions to support return to work. The aim of this study was to evaluate psychometrics properties of the WRFQ-Br in workers with cancer diagnoses, exposed to radiotherapy, who maintained or returned to work during and after this treatment.


Methods: Psychometric properties were evaluated by administering the Brazilian version of the Work Role functioning Questionnaire (WRFQ-Br) to 51 subjects with cancer diagnoses exposed to radiotherapy. Reliability was estimates through internal consistency. Construct validity was tested comparing results of subjects in cancer treatment to healthy workers (known-groups validity), and to another Karnofsky, Brazilian version of the Work Ability Index and Whoqol-Bref scores (convergent validity).


Results: the results indicated good internal consistency (Cronbach alpha = 0.93). Cronbach alpha for each scale was>0.77. In relation to construct validity, there was significant difference (p<0.05) between groups in comparison to output, mental and social demands. In the convergent validity analysis, there was relation between the WRFQ-Br and the Karnofsky scale, with all scores of the Work Ability Index, and with Whoqol-Bref physical, psychological and social scales.


Data showed that WRFQ-Br demonstrated reliable psychometric properties to evaluate workers with cancer diagnoses in Brazil.

Schedule Details

Monday September 29
12:45 - 13:45 Poster Viewing
Session: Disability measurement