Decision making about breast reconstruction after mastectomy

Division of Public Health Sciences and Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

This multi-site study  is implementing a decision support tool called B.R.E.A.S.T. Choice and testing its effectiveness in clinical practice. B.R.E.A.S.T. Choice helps women considering a mastectomy decide whether or not to have breast reconstruction, and which breast reconstruction option is best for them.

Myckatyn T.M., Parikh R.P., Lee C., Politi M.C. (2020) Challenges and Solutions for the Implementation of Shared Decision-making in Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2020;8(2):e2645. Published 2020 Feb 6. doi:10.1097/GOX.0000000000002645

Politi, M.C., Lee, C.N., Philpott-Streiff, S.E., et al. (2020) A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the BREASTChoice Tool for Personalized Decision Support About Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy. Ann Surg. 271(2):230-237. doi:10.1097/SLA.0000000000003444

Hasak J.M., Myckatyn, T.M., Grabinski, V.F., Philpott, S.E., Parikh, R.P., Politi, M.C. (2017) Stakeholders’ Perspectives on Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction: Recognizing Ways to Improve Shared Decision MakingPlast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 5(11):e1569. doi:10.1097/GOX.0000000000001569

The earlier project developing the tool was supported by the Siteman Investment Program (SIP) Research Development Funds.

The current project implementing the tool is supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, R18 HS026699.

This project is led by Dr. Mary Politi, Dr. Terry Myckatyn, Dr. Clara Lee, and a team of internal and external advisors. Learn more about the study and study team here.