Joan L Bottorff

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Breast cancer is becoming a major concern for many South Asian women. Clinical observations of women from a South Asian community living in Canada revealed an under use of early detection strategies. The purpose of this qualitative ethnoscience study was to examine breast health practices from the perspective of South Asian women to provide a foundation for(More)
Othering is a process that identifies those that are thought to be different from oneself or the mainstream, and it can reinforce and reproduce positions of domination and subordination. Although there are theoretical and conceptual treatments of othering in the literature, researchers lack sufficient examples of othering practices that influence the(More)
The objective of this study was to assess women's interest in genetic testing for breast cancer risk. Randomly selected samples of 761 women without breast cancer from the general population of British Columbia, Canada, and 260 women with breast cancer from the provincial cancer registry participated in a telephone survey that assessed interest in genetic(More)
This study examined the long-term effectiveness of a postpartum smoking relapse prevention intervention by evaluating the smoking status and smoking cessation self-efficacy of original study participants at 12 months following delivery. Two hundred and thirty-eight women who had participated in a randomized clinical trial, a nurse-delivered relapse(More)
OBJECTIVES Previous research on complementary therapy use in populations of patients with breast cancer has failed to differentiate among the different types of therapies and utilization patterns, resulting in wide discrepancies in prevalence rates. The purpose of this study was to develop more refined and rigorous estimates of the prevalence of(More)
Art therapy (with an art therapist) and art making (without an art therapist) show promise as avenues for psychosocial support for women with breast cancer. The purpose of this study was to gain an in-depth understanding of how 17 women with breast cancer in Canada and the USA used art therapy and their own art making to address their psychosocial needs,(More)
Abstract Background: Access to integrated, palliative care regardless of location of residence is a palliative care standard yet we know such access is limited for those living in rural and remote settings. As a beginning step in the development of research aimed at informing policy and program development, a comprehensive review of the state of knowledge(More)
Women who have a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes have up to an 87% lifetime risk of breast cancer and up to a 40% lifetime risk of ovarian cancer. Cancer prevention and early detection strategies are often considered by these women to address this heightened risk. Risk-reducing strategies include risk-reducing mastectomy and oophorectomy, breast and(More)
AIM This paper is a report of part of a larger study exploring rural Ghanaian women's experiences of seeking reproductive health care. The aim of this part of the study was to describe rural women's perspectives on their experiences in seeking reproductive care from professional nurses. BACKGROUND Nurses' relationships with childbearing women have been(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence shows that most people prefer to die at home; however, the majority of expected deaths occur away from home. Although home deaths require family caregiver (FCG) commitment and care, we understand very little about their experiences in this context. AIM The study's aim was to gain a better understanding of the experiences of FCGs when(More)