Background studies on the post-breast reconstruction period are primarily conducted with questionnaires, focussing on general outcome parameters such as cosmetic result, quality of life or satisfaction. However, to explore how women see, appreciate and behave towards their own bodies, a different research approach is required. In this study, we used an empirical phenomenological design to explore how women experience their body after breast reconstruction in everyday practice.
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