Advisor

Jeffrey Robinson

Date of Award

Fall 12-15-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication

Department

Communication

Physical Description

1 online resource (ii, 73 pages)

Subjects

Physician and patient, Patient participation, Assertiveness in women, Breast -- Cancer -- Patients -- Diagnosis, Breast -- Cancer -- Patients -- Treatment

DOI

10.15760/etd.2108

Abstract

Successful physician-patient communication is increasingly being acknowledged as a vital aspect of healthcare today. Research in the field has not examined all aspects of patient-centered care and the aspects that have been studied have not been grounded in actual patient action. The research done in the field has largely been studied quantitatively. The present thesis research attempts to contribute to the gap in the field of physician-patient communication by qualitatively examining patient assertiveness. This thesis examines conversations between women in Portland, Oregon recently diagnosed with breast cancer talking to their surgeons about their diagnoses and treatment options. Using grounded qualitative theoretical analysis, this thesis uncovered five major themes of patient assertiveness in breast cancer care.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/13244

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