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International Journal of Family Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 390692, 5 pages
Research Article

Developing a Self-Administered Questionnaire as a Guide to Consultations with Women Treated for Breast Cancer

1Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth,WA 6845, Australia
2School of Physiotherapy, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia
3School of Public Health, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia
4Ability Plus Therapy, 233, Berrigan Drive, Jandakot, WA 6164, Australia
5School of Surgery M507 QEII Medical Centre, The University of Western Australia, 35, Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia
6(Royal Perth Hospital), Level 2, MRF Building, GPO Box X 2213, Perth, WA 6847, Australia

Received 15 October 2010; Revised 4 February 2011; Accepted 22 February 2011

Academic Editor: Michael A. Weingarten

Copyright © 2011 Moyez Jiwa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Health professionals, including general practitioners involved in followup of breast cancer patients, need to systematically assess opportunities to offer patients support with ongoing or new problems. Methods. A self-administered needs assessment questionnaire was developed with reference to a multidisciplinary team. Short, evidence-based, readable questions were emphasized, and questions were tested for face validity. The questions flowed across three domains: physical, social, and psychological. Content validity and user friendliness were assessed. Results. A final set of 30 questions was rated as easy to read and comprehend (Flesch Reading Ease score 65.8 and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level 6.9). When piloted with twenty-one patients the self-administered questionnaire detected 121 items of unmet need encompassing all three domains. Conclusions. This self-administered questionnaire has the potential to assist in the holistic assessment of breast cancer patient after treatment. The clinical value of the self-administered questionnaire will need to be further tested before it can be widely adopted.