HSS 3332 Chapter Notes - Chapter 8: Ovarian Cancer, Oncology, Statistical Hypothesis Testing
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Technology and the meaning of health
Ardern-Jones et al. (2010). Is no news good news?
How is this study an example of how health screening technologies are changing the
meaning of health?
• Many women often receive inconclusive test results; resulting in them being more
worried and less relieved by the test result compared to if it was a positive result. They
were more worried about cancer, less relieved, and felt that their quality of life has been
adversely affected by it
• Women who had an intolerance of uncertainty were at a risk for long term-distress
• These tests change the meaning of health because now people are taking the test for the
benefit of others in the family and not purely for themselves
• Inconclusive result allowed them to avoid making a choice about prophylactic surgery,
something they might have considered more strongly if a mutation has been identified
• Felt relieved in that they would not have to choose between unpleasant options about
their future medical management
• Felt relieved of the responsibility of sharing information with more distant members of
How is the concept of 'biographical disruption' relevant in this study?
• Relevant to this study because inconclusive results might lead to high-risk women to get
an unnecessary prophylactic surgery
• Physicians were uncomfortable about women choosing prophylactic surgery in the case
of an inconclusive result
• Discussing inconclusive genetic results with women at high-risk for breast and ovarian
cancer was difficult for physicians
• One oncologist reported that sometimes when he could not provide an answer, it made
him feel like a failure
• Those working in genetic clinics felt stress, disappointment and anxiety
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