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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24421

Title: “I Can Wear White Pants Now”: Exploring Perceptions of Hysterectomy Success
Authors: Abramson, Zelda
Keywords: HYSTERECTOMY EXPERIENCES
FOCUS GROUPS
WOMEN’S HEALTH
KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER
METHODOLOGY
MEDICALIZATION
DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP
Issue Date: May-2010
Publisher: UTSC Printing Services, University of Toronto Scarborough
Citation: Women's Health and Urban Life, Vol 9 (1), pg. 11-31.
Abstract: This study is based on three focus groups I conducted in Gander, Newfoundland in 2003 for CBC’s show, ‘The Nature of Things’, that addressed whether hysterectomy is a necessary treatment option and what, if any, are the long term health effects of a hysterectomy. Using Feminist and Marxist paradigms I probe beyond what on the surface might be the women’s total enthusiasm for their hysterectomy procedure to explain a disjuncture between experience and reporting of experience. The voices of the Newfoundland women illustrate that both answers and questions may be more confusing and complex than they seem, and that outcome studies on women’s hysterectomy experiences or health, more generally, may underreport or misreport health concerns. Thus, this research challenges universal evidence-based outcomes of hysterectomy and calls for recognition of the multiplicity or diversity of standpoints women experience with hysterectomy.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24421
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