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The information needs of women who have undergone breast reconstruction. Part II: Information giving and content of information

The information needs of women who have undergone breast reconstruction. Part II: Information giving and content of information

European Journal of Oncology Nursing 8(4): 315-324

Women diagnosed with breast cancer treated by mastectomy can choose breast reconstruction. The information needs of women undergoing this procedure have only been addressed in the research literature to a limited extent. A qualitative approach was used to explore the experiences of women who had undergone breast reconstruction with a specific focus on their views on how they considered their information needs could best be met. A purposeful sample of eight women was recruited to participate in two focus groups, each lasting 2 hours. Framework analysis was used to develop an index of key themes and sub themes which transformed the data into a structured record which facilitated systematic analysis. This paper will present the emergent key themes regarding information giving and the content of information that women perceive as important when preparing for breast reconstruction. Process, delivery and patient factors are presented in the category of information giving. Several sub themes are discussed concerning the content of information considered to be relevant. Those involved in imparting information to women about such surgery should be aware of the type of information that is considered relevant, the manner in which it should be delivered and timing factors that implicate on the process.

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PMID: 15550361

DOI: 10.1016/j.ejon.2003.12.013

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