Anxiety prior to breast biopsy: Relationships with length of time from breast biopsy recommendation to biopsy procedure and psychosocial factors.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study investigated how time from breast biopsy recommendation to biopsy procedure affected pre-biopsy anxiety ( N = 140 women), and whether the relationship between wait time and anxiety was affected by psychosocial factors (chronic life stress, traumatic events, social support). Analyses showed a significant interaction between wait time and chronic life stress. Increased time from biopsy recommendation was associated with greater anxiety in women with low levels of life stress. Women with high levels of life stress experienced increased anxiety regardless of wait time. These results suggest that women may benefit from shorter wait times and receiving strategies for managing anxiety.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hayes Balmadrid, MA; Shelby, RA; Wren, AA; Miller, LS; Yoon, SC; Baker, JA; Wildermann, LA; Soo, MS

Published Date

  • April 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 561 - 571

PubMed ID

  • 26424811

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1461-7277

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1359105315607828


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England