Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis - ECU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


SchooI of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


Following a diagnosis of early stage breast cancer women need to make decisions for surgical and adjuvant treatment in a short period of time. They also face a period of adjustment. Little information is available as to how women describe their decision making for breast cancer surgery after some time has elapsed following completion of adjuvant treatment. Moreover, it is not known if women experience decision regret and how decision-making outcomes might later affect their psychosocial adjustment. Therefore, the purpose of the study was to determine the nature and extent of decision regret experienced by women during the first two years following surgery for early stage breast cancer and to describe how this could affect their psychosocial adjustment. A descriptive correlational study was conducted in three phases. The supporting Iiterature guided the conceptual framework for the study .