Addressing patient sexuality issues in cancer and palliative care

Williams, Mary and Addis, Gulen (2021) Addressing patient sexuality issues in cancer and palliative care. British Journal of Nursing, 30 (10). S24-S28. ISSN 0966-0461

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The impact of cancer and subsequent treatments can have serious implications for patient sexuality, both physically and psychologically. Patients report inadequate communication and support from professionals in relation to sexual issues. The aim of this literature review was to ascertain the educational requirements of health professionals practising in oncology and palliative care, to enable effective assessment and support in this area of clinical practice. There appear to be numerous barriers preventing professionals from addressing patient sexuality—lack of knowledge and poor confidence levels being among the most common. Appropriate education is required to equip staff, and it appears that short training programmes can be effective. The use of sexuality assessment tools and information cards, and accessing information from cancer charity websites may improve clinical practice. Addressing sexuality concerns is the responsibility of each person in the multidisciplinary team. Patients require open discussion and professionals must skilfully address the topic of sexuality. Education in this area must be accessible, cost effective and sustainable.

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Additional Information: ** From Crossref journal articles via Jisc Publications Router ** History: ppub 27-05-2021; issued 27-05-2021.
Keywords: General Nursing
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Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2021 08:09
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2021 06:03

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