Women's experience with breast biopsy

AORN J. 2004 Nov;80(5):885-901. doi: 10.1016/s0001-2092(06)60511-5.


The purpose of this study was to obtain descriptions of the perioperative experiences of women who underwent breast biopsies with local anesthesia. Twenty-two participants were interviewed, and open-ended questions were used to allow the women to describe their experiences. Data analysis revealed three major themes--certitude, care, and justice. The women's most pervasive need was to have the biopsy results as soon as possible. They viewed the surgical phase of the biopsy as a stepping-stone to achieving certitude associated with having the pathology results. The surgical phase of the biopsy did not hold as much significance for the women as the researcher had anticipated.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anesthesia, Local
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Biopsy / nursing
  • Biopsy / psychology*
  • Breast / pathology
  • Breast Neoplasms / nursing
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Breast Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Midwestern United States
  • Religion and Medicine
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Social Support