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Being there for women : the work of breast care nurses

Topping, Annie (2001) Being there for women : the work of breast care nurses. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    Breast cancer is a major health challenge. It is also is a high profile disease with
    extraordinary media attention that places an immense burden on women, families,
    children and health resources. Over the last two decades the way in which women
    experience breast cancer has undergone significant changes. The implementation of
    the National Health Service Breast Screening Programme, development of specialist
    multidisciplinary teams, and greater involvement of women in decision making
    surrounding treatment choice are just some of these changes. A discrete clinical nurse
    specialism has developed to provide support and information to women undergoing
    treatment and care for breast cancer.

    This multi-method two staged study explored the work of breast care nurses
    supporting women with breast cancer. The particular focus was on the body image
    and sexuality dimensions of the breast cancer experience. Firstly, a postal survey
    using modified versions of the Sex Knowledge and Attitude Test (Lief and Reed
    1972) and the Williams-Wilson Sexuality Survey instrument (Wilson and Williams
    1989) was undertaken and completed by breast care nurses (n=100) across England.
    Secondly, adopting an interpretative perspective, breast care nurses (n=29), recruited
    via the earlier survey participated in focused conversational interviews. In addition a
    secondary analysis of two focus group interviews with women breast cancer patients
    (n=14), and a further two individual interviews with lesbian women were undertaken.
    The audio taped data was analysed using a thematic approach assisted by ATLAS.ti
    4.1 qualitative software (Muhr 1996).

    Three major themes: the delivery of breast cancer care, knowing women, and the
    territory of breast care nursing were developed. The theme of knowing women was
    connected with three sub themes titled: authenticity and domesticity, moral journeys,
    and the (in)visibility of lesbian women. The thematic analysis presents a critical
    account of contemporary breast care nursing in the endeavour of "being there for

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Additional Information: EThOS Persistent ID
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Cancer, Screening, Nursing, Medical care, Sociology, Human services, Medicine
    Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
    R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
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    Depositing User: Graham Stone
    Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2009 13:02
    Last Modified: 06 Jan 2011 19:20


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