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External breast prosthesis use: experiences and views of women with breast cancer, breast care nurses, and prosthesis fitters

Roberts, Susan, Livingston, Patricia, White, Victoria and Gibbs, Anne 2003, External breast prosthesis use: experiences and views of women with breast cancer, breast care nurses, and prosthesis fitters, Cancer nursing, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 179-186.

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Title External breast prosthesis use: experiences and views of women with breast cancer, breast care nurses, and prosthesis fitters
Author(s) Roberts, Susan
Livingston, Patricia
White, Victoria
Gibbs, Anne
Journal name Cancer nursing
Volume number 26
Issue number 3
Start page 179
End page 186
Publisher Raven Press (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)
Place of publication New York, NY.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 0162-220X
Keyword(s) breast cancer
external breast prothesis
service provision
qualitative research
Summary After mastectomy, the provision of an appropriate breast prosthesis can help to improve body image and quality of life and reduce associated emotional distress. Although up to 90% of women use an external breast prosthesis after mastectomy, little is known about their experiences and satisfaction with breast prosthesis use. Focus groups were conducted with women who had been fitted with an external breast prosthesis, breast care nurses, and prosthesis fitters to explore women's experiences of prosthesis use. Qualitative thematic content analysis of focus group transcripts indicated that whereas women's initial reaction to the prosthesis generally was negative, this improved over time. Provision of adequate information and support, characteristics of the fitter and the fitting experience, and relationships with breast care nurses and prosthesis fitters were important to women's acceptance and satisfaction with their prosthesis. The study results highlighted the key role that breast care nurses play and the underestimation of the prosthesis fitter's role. Common themes concerning the impact of prosthesis use included body image, appearance, and feminine identity. These findings have important implications for professionals involved in the delivery of breast prostheses services.
Language eng
Field of Research 111710 Health Counselling
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009300

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School of Nursing and Midwifery
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