Portland State University. Department of Communication
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication
1 online resource (ii, 73 pages)
Physician and patient, Patient participation, Assertiveness in women, Breast -- Cancer -- Patients -- Diagnosis, Breast -- Cancer -- Patients -- Treatment
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.
Erdman, Rachel Sofia, "Elaborating Patient Agency in Breast-Cancer Care: A Grounded Theoretical Analysis of Patients Asserting Treatment Preferences" (2014). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2110.