Exploring information provision in reconstructive breast surgery: A qualitative study

Shelley Potter, Nicola Mills, Simon Cawthorn, Sherif Wilson, Jane Blazeby

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Women considering reconstructive breast surgery (RBS) require adequate information to make informed treatment decisions. This study explored patients' and health professionals' (HPs) perceptions of the adequacy of information provided for decision-making in RBS.
Semi-structured interviews with a purposive sample of patients who had undergone RBS and HPs providing specialist care explored participants' experiences of information provision prior to RBS.
Professionals reported providing standardised verbal, written and photographic information about the process and outcomes of surgery. Women, by contrast, reported varying levels of information provision. Some felt fully-informed but others perceived they had received insufficient information about available treatment options or possible outcomes of surgery to make an informed decision.
Women need adequate information to make informed decisions about RBS and current practice may not meet women's needs. Minimum agreed standards of information provision, especially about alternative types of reconstruction, are recommended to improve decision-making in RBS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)732
Number of pages738
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Structured keywords

  • ConDuCT-II
  • Centre for Surgical Research


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