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Access to breast prostheses via a government-funded service in Victoria, Australia

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posted on 2003-01-01, 00:00 authored by Trish LivingstonTrish Livingston, Vicki WhiteVicki White, S Roberts, E Pritchard, A Gibbs, D Hill
For many women, the only alternative to breast reconstruction following a mastectomy is to use external prostheses, which need replacing regularly at a cost of up to $395 per prosthesis. Commonwealth and state governments across Australia have responded to this need by providing subsidies to assist in the purchase of breast prostheses. However, current arrangements have been highly variable and sometimes difficult to access. As part of a larger review of breast pros-thesis services in Victoria, Australia, the aim of this research was to evaluate client satisfaction among Victorian women who accessed funds through the State Government's Aids and Equipment Program, compare the responses of the program service providers with the experiences of clients accessing funding, and identify opportunities to improve service provision.


History

Journal

Evaluation review

Volume

27

Pagination

563 - 578

Location

Beverly Hills, Calif.

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

0193-841X

Language

eng

Notes

The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Evaluation review, Vol 27, Issue 5, 2003, © SAGE Publications Ltd 2003 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Evaluation review page: http://erx.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, Sage Publications