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Teresa Smith

Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

William McBreen


The purpose of this study was to identify the physical, emotional and socioeconomic needs of women who have survived breast cancer and the interventions they found effective of ineffective in meeting these needs. Telephone interviews were conducted with 28 breast cancer survivors. During the interview the participants were asked to describe their physical, emotional and socioeconomic needs related to surviving breast cancer. Participants were then asked to describe interventions that were either effective or ineffective in meeting the identified need. Interviews were transcribed and analyzed using Flannigan’s (1954) critical incident process for analysis. Orem’s self-care theory was used as the framework for the study. Needs were identified that related to the physical, emotional and socioeconomic needs of the women. Interventions were then classified according to the related identified needs. A summary of the needs and their corresponding interventions were reported. A variety of needs and related interventions were discovered by the women themselves. The conclusions of the study are a list of common needs of breast cancer survivors and related effective interventions. The study provides a basis for future research regarding cancer survivorship.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Breast -- Cancer -- Psychological aspects
Breast -- Cancer -- Physiological aspects
Breast -- Cancer -- Social aspects




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