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Table 4 Reaction of supervisors and co-workers on diagnosis of lymphedema

From: Worse and worse off: the impact of lymphedema on work and career after breast cancer

No. participants employed (103) Told co-workers (n = 63; 61.2 %) Told supervisor (n = 49; 47.6 %)
Mean SD Somewhat agree (%) Agree (%) Strongly agree (%) % Agreement Mean SD Somewhat agree (%) Agree (%) Strongly agree (%) % Agreement
They treated me as usual 6.05 0.99 11 49 33 93 5.84 1.21 10 49 29 88
They demonstrated understanding 5.11 1.54 16 37 16 68 5.10 1.58 20 45 10 76
They were generally supportive 5.75 1.09 13 48 24 84 5.53 1.44 12 53 18 84
They provided practical support-e.g. help lifting 4.56 1.92 13 24 17 54 4.33 1.94 8 27 12 47
They were not concerned about my condition 3.63 1.78 14 19 2 35 3.57 1.90 14 14 6 35
They were too busy to pay much attention 3.52 1.77 11 14 3 29 3.35 1.83 16 10 4 31
They did not trust my capabilities 2.41 1.44 5 3 0 8 2.39 1.58 4 0 4 8
They thought I used my condition as an excuse 1.95 1.33 5 2 0 6 2.20 1.68 10 2 2 14
I have experienced discrimination 1.94 1.37 2 2 2 5 2.31 1.79 8 0 6 14
I have been excluded from career-advancement opportunities 2.05 1.52 3 3 2 8 2.43 1.88 10 2 6 18