Information needs of nurses regarding breast disease

Margaret I. Fitch, Pamela Chart, Natalie Perry


The purpose of this study was to identify the information needs of nurses regarding benign breast conditions and breast cancer. One hundred and five Ontario nurses who are directly involved in providing information to women were interviewed. The majority of nurses indicated feeling either somewhat or very comfortable during their discussions with women and perceived their knowledge was sufficient for answering women’s questions. Nurses rated existing information concerning discovery of breast abnormalities and the diagnostic phases the highest in terms of quality, quantity and accessibility. Overall, a large proportion of nurses did not perceive gaps in information for nurses about breast disease. This work raises interesting practice questions for nursing in light of the reports by patients that they experience difficulties obtaining information.

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