Health care experiences among women diagnosed with gestational breast cancer

Hammarberg, K., Sullivan, E., Javid, N., Duncombe, G., Halliday, L., Boyle, F., Saunders, C., Ives, A., Dickinson, J. E. and Fisher, J. (2017) Health care experiences among women diagnosed with gestational breast cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care, . doi:10.1111/ecc.12682


Author Hammarberg, K.
Sullivan, E.
Javid, N.
Duncombe, G.
Halliday, L.
Boyle, F.
Saunders, C.
Ives, A.
Dickinson, J. E.
Fisher, J.
Title Health care experiences among women diagnosed with gestational breast cancer
Journal name European Journal of Cancer Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1365-2354
0961-5423
Publication date 2017-03-24
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ecc.12682
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Total pages 11
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract Gestational breast cancer (GBC) presents many challenges for women and the clinicians who care for them. The aim of this study was to explore the health care experiences of women diagnosed with GBC to inform and improve clinical care of women in this predicament. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 women who had been diagnosed with GBC in the previous 5 years. The overarching themes for perceived quality of care were "communication" and "comprehensive care." "Communication" had two sub themes: "interdisciplinary communication" (the way health professionals from different disciplines communicated with each other about the management of the woman's care) and "patient communication" (how they communicated this to the woman). The "comprehensive care" theme incorporated three sub themes: "the spirit" (psychological care); "the mind" (information provision); and "the body" (management of treatment side effects). Women's own accounts of positive and negative experiences of GBC care provide unique and specific insights which improve understanding of their concerns and needs. The findings can inform advances in quality and efficacy of clinical care; offer guidance for obstetricians, oncologists and allied health professionals about the needs of women diagnosed with GBC and how care can be optimised; and inform the development of resources to assist women and their families.
Keyword Experience of care
Gestational breast cancer
Patient-centred care
Pregnancy
Qualitative method
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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