Patients Undergoing Breast-Conserving Surgery Can Benefit from the Opportunity to Participate in Choosing Their Surgical Technique

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Background: Shared decision-making is increasingly advocated in many countries. The aims of this study were to investigate whether patients receiving breast-conserving surgery at Skåne University Hospital Malmö, Sweden, perceived an offered possibility to join in the decision-making process regarding the surgical method; to identify potential determinants for not having perceived such an offer; and to study how this perception of being offered an opportunity to take part in the decision-making process affected satisfaction with the aesthetic outcome. Methods: Women offered breast-conserving surgery were consecutively recruited over a period of 4 years. In all, 324 women completed a study-specific questionnaire. Results: A majority of the women (53 %) perceived that they had not, or had only partly, been offered a possibility to take part in the decision-making process. Patients who reported that they had received enough preoperative information regarding the expected aesthetic result were more likely to have perceived such an offer (odds ratio (OR) 5.44; confidence interval (CI) 2.83–10.43). Women who had perceived an opportunity to be involved were more satisfied with the aesthetic result (OR 2.71; CI 1.18–6.25) and more likely to have had their expectations met regarding the aesthetic result (OR 5.91; CI 2.01–17.38). Conclusion: When deciding on a suitable surgical approach for women with early breast cancer, physicians could try to more clearly communicate to the women that they can choose whether or not to participate in the decision-making regarding surgical technique. This might improve satisfaction. An important part of patient involvement is sufficient preoperative information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)734-741
Number of pages8
JournalWorld Journal of Surgery
Issue number3
Early online date2016 Oct 20
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Surgery


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