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ERIC Number: EJ878672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0890-765X
Rural Primary Care Providers' Perceptions of Their Role in the Breast Cancer Care Continuum
Rayman, Kathleen M.; Edwards, Joellen
Journal of Rural Health, v26 n2 p189-195 Spr 2010
Context: Rural women in the United States experience disparity in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment when compared to their urban counterparts. Given the 11% chance of lifetime occurrence of breast cancer for women overall, the continuum of breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery are of legitimate concern to rural women and their primary care providers. Purpose: This analysis describes rural primary care providers' perceptions of the full spectrum of breast cancer screening, treatment, and follow-up care for women patients, and it describes the providers' desired role in the cancer care continuum. Method: Focus group interviews were conducted with primary care providers in 3 federally qualified community health centers serving a lower income, rural population. Focus group participants (N = 26) consisted of 11 physicians, 14 nurse practitioners, and 1 licensed clinical psychologist. Data were generated from audiotaped interviews transcribed verbatim and investigator field notes. Data were analyzed using constant comparison and findings were reviewed with a group of rural health professionals to judge the fit of findings with the emerging coding scheme. Findings: Provider relationships were characterized as "being with" women with cancer and comprised an active "behind-the-scenes" role in supporting their patients through treatment decisions and processes. Three themes emerged from the interview data: Knowing the Patient; Walking Through Treatment With the Patient; and "Sending Them Off" or Losing the Patient to the System. Conclusions: These findings should be a part of professional education for rural practitioners, and mechanisms to support this role should be implemented in practice settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States