A qualitative analysis of staff-client interactions within a breast cancer assessment clinic

NIGHTINGALE, Julie, MURPHY, F., EATON, C. and BORGEN, R. (2016). A qualitative analysis of staff-client interactions within a breast cancer assessment clinic. Radiography, 23 (1), 38-47.

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Objectives Breast screening clients recalled to an assessment clinic experience high levels of anxiety. The culture of the assessment clinic may impact upon client experience, which may influence their future re-engagement in screening. This study aimed to explore the culture of staff-client interactions within a breast cancer assessment clinic. Materials and methods Following an ethnographic approach, twenty-three client journeys were observed, followed by semi-structured interviews with the clients. The observation and interview data were analysed to produce research themes, which were then explored within two focus groups to add a practitioner perspective. Results Multiple staff-client interaction events were observed over a period of several weeks. Client interview feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Three recurrent and sequential themes emerged: breaking down barriers, preparing the ground and sign-posting. These themes outline the changing focus of staff-client interactions during the client's clinic journey, encompassing how anxieties were expressed by clients, and responded to by practitioners. Conclusion This study was the first to explore in depth the staff-client interaction culture within a breast assessment clinic using an ethnographic approach. A new perspective on professional values and behaviours has been demonstrated via a model of staff-client interaction. The model documents the process of guiding the client from initial confusion and distress to an enhanced clarity of understanding. A recommendation most likely to have a positive impact on the client experience is the introduction of a client navigator role to guide the clients through what is often a lengthy, stressful and confusing process.

Item Type: Article
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Health and Well-being > Department of Allied Health Professions
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2016.08.004
Page Range: 38-47
Depositing User: Beatrice Turpin
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2018 10:32
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:56
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22048

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