Nurse-led group information for patients with breast cancer: Equal to individual information? A comparative study.

Karin Brochstedt Dieperink*, Elisabeth Ellegaard, Anja Lankjær Astrup, Henriette Tind Hasse, Caroline Matilde Elnegaard, Jeanette Dupont Jensen

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Aim: To investigate outpatients with breast cancer perception of information before and after changed informational practice. Design: The design was a comparative study. Method: Information about breast cancer treatment and chemotherapy toxicity changed from individual to nurse-led group information. Women with early-stage breast cancer were eligible. To evaluate individual versus group information, the patients completed a questionnaire at their third cycle of chemotherapy, including Knowledge of treatment, Support from healthcare professionals or peers and general self-efficacy Ability to act in everyday life. The study is registered in OSF Results: In total, 90 participants in two groups were included: (a) individual information (N = 44) and (b) group information (N = 46). Groups were comparable in age and educational level. Both groups found the information satisfactory, with no significant differences regarding perceived knowledge or support. Five of ten questions in self-efficacy showed significantly better outcomes in patients receiving group information but with no difference in overall self-efficacy. Group information was non-inferior compared with individual information. Patients were satisfied in both groups.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNursing Open
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)423-433
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • breast cancer
  • family caregivers
  • information
  • nurse-led
  • peers
  • self-efficacy
  • support


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