The experiences of women after receiving a benign breast biopsy diagnosis: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
(2015) The experiences of women after receiving a benign breast biopsy diagnosis: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, no. 80.
Background Being faced with the threat of breast cancer can be extremely frightening for women. Inconclusive results from breast screening may require a breast biopsy, which can lead to high levels of distress. Although 80% of biopsy outcomes will be benign; literature suggests that a benign diagnosis may not eliminate all the psychological distress and fear initiated from this process. Aim To explore the experiences of women after receiving a benign breast biopsy diagnosis, paying particular attention to any psychological and behavioural implications. Methodologies A purposive sampling strategy will be used to invite 6 potential participants to take part in the study using an interpretative phenomenological analysis approach. Those who agree to participate will take part in semi structured interviews to gain in depth and detailed data. This will provide an insight into how the participants understand and interpret their experiences following their diagnosis. Findings The findings may highlight that a benign breast biopsy diagnosis can have detrimental effects on the psychological state of women; causing pro longed anxiety or uncertainty surrounding their health. Subsequently, this may cause alterations to their future health behaviour, protective actions and screening practices. Such findings may add to the development of the Protection Motivation Theory. Conclusion It is hoped that the findings of this research proposal will be an enlightening and crucial starting point for nurses and other health care professionals, who are involved in the care of women undergoing breast diagnostic procedures. The findings may help to enhance the need for nurse led interventions and support for women, who have experienced a benign breast biopsy diagnosis.