Considering Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy: A Patient Decision Aid Video and Workbook

Conclusions: The Considering Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy patient decision aid video and workbook show potential for improving informed decision-making. Delivery before the initial plastic surgery consultation was well supported as a way to give women time to process the information and prepare to talk with the surgical team about their options. The Personal Decision Worksheet shows potential for assessing patients’ knowledge and the factors driving their personal decision-making process.
Source: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

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Source: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
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Source: Psycho-Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: PAPER Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
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