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Psychological support for patients having breast cancer surgery

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7053.360b (Published 10 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:360

Study had methodological flaws

  1. Karin Friedli,
  2. Michael King
  1. Research fellow Professor University Department of Psychiatry, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London NW3 2PF

    EDITOR,—June M C McArdle and colleagues' study suggests that support from a breast care nurse can significantly reduce psychological morbidity in women having surgery for breast cancer.1 We wish to draw attention to several methodological points.

    The authors state that psychological morbidity is common in women after surgery for breast cancer and that support from a breast care nurse is the most effective intervention in reducing this morbidity. The women randomised to receive support from the breast care …

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