More than 80 percent of the patients studied in cancer or heart disease in Japan worked in some form during hospitalization for treatment, but data from the Ministry of Health showed Saturday.
Nearly 82 percent of 1,030 cancer or cardiac patients surveyed by the ministry said they worked from the hospital, including making job-related reports and preparations for returning to their offices, according to the data.
The results of the Ministry's first large-scale survey of its kind, which have not been published, suggest that it is difficult for many patients to concentrate on treatment.
While the government promotes the need to balance work and treatment, such as Through teleworking, some experts have called for a better environment.
"I think the survey is correctly reflecting reality," said Naomi Sakurai, a director of Cancer Survivors Recruiting Project, an organization that supports workers receiving cancer treatment.
"Patients may think that they have caused problems at their workplaces and think they have to work at the hospital, but they should not forget that they should prioritize treatment," said Sakurai.
The Department's survey, comprising people aged 20 and 64, which was hospitalized in the last five years, was conducted between December and March this year in 25 major hospitals.
It showed that 91.1 percent had used smartphones to do their work from places including common areas in hospitals or their rooms there.