A Qualitative Study of Breast Cancer Treatment Decisions: Evidence for Five Decision-Making Styles

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Abstract

Being diagnosed with breast cancer requires that women make a number of decisions about their medical treatments. To gain insight into the variety of forces that shape a woman's breast cancer treatment decisions, we conducted semistructured interviews with 44 breast cancer survivors. Through an interpretive analysis, we identified five treatment decision-making styles: (a) medical expert, (b) self-efficacy, (c) relationship embedded, (d) inhibition, and (e) constellation of information, which are differentiated by two dimensions: (a) low versus high information needs and (b) self versus other preferences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)408-421
Number of pages14
JournalHealth Communication
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication

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