Cancer patients’ perceptions of a ‘breast gown’. A qualitative study.

CLARKSON, Melanie and HODGSON, Denyse (2006). Cancer patients’ perceptions of a ‘breast gown’. A qualitative study. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 5 (2), 97-107.

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Recently, radiotherapy breast gowns have been introduced into some Radiotherapy Departments across the country. The idea of using the breast gowns came from issues highlighted regarding privacy and dignity from patient satisfaction surveys. The introduction of the breast gowns was not evidence based, however they have become popular as they were considered a good aid for patients' comfort. This study aimed to investigate patients' perceptions of the breast gowns using a qualitative, phenomenological approach. The methodology was designed to explore patient's feelings about their experiences throughout their cancer journey. The data was collected through semi-structured interviews, which were transcribed and analysed, via content analysis. The key themes that emerged from the study were related to: patients' emotions; dignity and privacy issues; exposure; patient choice and an unexpected result were their views relating to the notion of “possession”. The results of this study cannot be generalised due to the methodology chosen, however the findings can aid the development of a multi-centred study to investigate this topic further. In addition, this study has highlighted an important recommendation for radiotherapy practice: the development of a “modesty gown” for most treatment sites.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1103 Clinical Sciences; Oncology & Carcinogenesis; 3202 Clinical sciences
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Page Range: 97-107
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 25 May 2023 16:32
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 14:45

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