Barriers and facilitators for oncology nurses discussing sexual issues with men diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/269139
Title:
Barriers and facilitators for oncology nurses discussing sexual issues with men diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Authors:
Moore, Annamarie; Higgins, Agnes; Sharek, Danika
Affiliation:
Milford Care Centre, Plassey Road, Castletroy, Limerick, Ireland. Electronic address: a.moore@milfordcarecentre.ie.
Citation:
Barriers and facilitators for oncology nurses discussing sexual issues with men diagnosed with testicular cancer. 2013: Eur J Oncol Nurs
Journal:
European journal of oncology nursing : the official journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
Issue Date:
2-Jan-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/269139
DOI:
10.1016/j.ejon.2012.11.008
PubMed ID:
23290540
Abstract:
PURPOSE: Testicular cancer occurs at a time in a man's life when major social life changes are occurring and when body image, fertility, sexual desire and performance can be central issues. Oncology nurses, as members of the multidisciplinary team, are in an ideal position to address men's concerns. The aim of this study was to investigate oncology nurses' self-perceived knowledge and comfort in relation to discussing sexuality concerns with men diagnosed with testicular cancer and to identify the barriers and facilitators to such discussions. METHODS: This study employed a self-completion, anonymous survey design with a sample of registered nurses working in five, randomly chosen, oncology centres in Ireland. RESULTS: In total, 89 questionnaires (45% response rate) were included for analysis. Findings suggest that although nurses were open to addressing concerns, few informed patients they were available to discuss sexual concerns. Nurses reported lacking knowledge of, and discomfort in, discussing the more intimate aspects of sexuality, including: ejaculatory difficulties, erectile dysfunction, impotence, prosthesis options and testicular self examination. CONCLUSIONS: Findings reinforce the need for more comprehensive education on sexuality issues and testicular cancer. Nurses need to take a more proactive approach to sexuality care, as opposed to the 'passive waiting stance' that permeates the current culture of care. Education programmes need to include specific information on sexual issues associated with testicular cancer, and oncology nurses must subsume sexuality as an essential aspect of their role through changes in policies and nursing care planning.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Abstract PURPOSE: Testicular cancer occurs at a time in a man's life when major social life changes are occurring and when body image, fertility, sexual desire and performance can be central issues. Oncology nurses, as members of the multidisciplinary team, are in an ideal position to address men's concerns. The aim of this study was to investigate oncology nurses' self-perceived knowledge and comfort in relation to discussing sexuality concerns with men diagnosed with testicular cancer and to identify the barriers and facilitators to such discussions. METHODS: This study employed a self-completion, anonymous survey design with a sample of registered nurses working in five, randomly chosen, oncology centres in Ireland. RESULTS: In total, 89 questionnaires (45% response rate) were included for analysis. Findings suggest that although nurses were open to addressing concerns, few informed patients they were available to discuss sexual concerns. Nurses reported lacking knowledge of, and discomfort in, discussing the more intimate aspects of sexuality, including: ejaculatory difficulties, erectile dysfunction, impotence, prosthesis options and testicular self examination. CONCLUSIONS: Findings reinforce the need for more comprehensive education on sexuality issues and testicular cancer. Nurses need to take a more proactive approach to sexuality care, as opposed to the 'passive waiting stance' that permeates the current culture of care. Education programmes need to include specific information on sexual issues associated with testicular cancer, and oncology nurses must subsume sexuality as an essential aspect of their role through changes in policies and nursing care planning.
Keywords:
ONCOLOGY; SEXUALITY
ISSN:
1532-2122

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dc.contributor.authorMoore, Annamarieen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHiggins, Agnesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSharek, Danikaen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-12T10:27:54Z-
dc.date.available2013-02-12T10:27:54Z-
dc.date.issued2013-01-02-
dc.identifier.citationBarriers and facilitators for oncology nurses discussing sexual issues with men diagnosed with testicular cancer. 2013: Eur J Oncol Nursen_GB
dc.identifier.issn1532-2122-
dc.identifier.pmid23290540-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ejon.2012.11.008-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/269139-
dc.descriptionAbstract PURPOSE: Testicular cancer occurs at a time in a man's life when major social life changes are occurring and when body image, fertility, sexual desire and performance can be central issues. Oncology nurses, as members of the multidisciplinary team, are in an ideal position to address men's concerns. The aim of this study was to investigate oncology nurses' self-perceived knowledge and comfort in relation to discussing sexuality concerns with men diagnosed with testicular cancer and to identify the barriers and facilitators to such discussions. METHODS: This study employed a self-completion, anonymous survey design with a sample of registered nurses working in five, randomly chosen, oncology centres in Ireland. RESULTS: In total, 89 questionnaires (45% response rate) were included for analysis. Findings suggest that although nurses were open to addressing concerns, few informed patients they were available to discuss sexual concerns. Nurses reported lacking knowledge of, and discomfort in, discussing the more intimate aspects of sexuality, including: ejaculatory difficulties, erectile dysfunction, impotence, prosthesis options and testicular self examination. CONCLUSIONS: Findings reinforce the need for more comprehensive education on sexuality issues and testicular cancer. Nurses need to take a more proactive approach to sexuality care, as opposed to the 'passive waiting stance' that permeates the current culture of care. Education programmes need to include specific information on sexual issues associated with testicular cancer, and oncology nurses must subsume sexuality as an essential aspect of their role through changes in policies and nursing care planning.en_GB
dc.description.abstractPURPOSE: Testicular cancer occurs at a time in a man's life when major social life changes are occurring and when body image, fertility, sexual desire and performance can be central issues. Oncology nurses, as members of the multidisciplinary team, are in an ideal position to address men's concerns. The aim of this study was to investigate oncology nurses' self-perceived knowledge and comfort in relation to discussing sexuality concerns with men diagnosed with testicular cancer and to identify the barriers and facilitators to such discussions. METHODS: This study employed a self-completion, anonymous survey design with a sample of registered nurses working in five, randomly chosen, oncology centres in Ireland. RESULTS: In total, 89 questionnaires (45% response rate) were included for analysis. Findings suggest that although nurses were open to addressing concerns, few informed patients they were available to discuss sexual concerns. Nurses reported lacking knowledge of, and discomfort in, discussing the more intimate aspects of sexuality, including: ejaculatory difficulties, erectile dysfunction, impotence, prosthesis options and testicular self examination. CONCLUSIONS: Findings reinforce the need for more comprehensive education on sexuality issues and testicular cancer. Nurses need to take a more proactive approach to sexuality care, as opposed to the 'passive waiting stance' that permeates the current culture of care. Education programmes need to include specific information on sexual issues associated with testicular cancer, and oncology nurses must subsume sexuality as an essential aspect of their role through changes in policies and nursing care planning.-
dc.languageENG-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to European journal of oncology nursing : the official journal of European Oncology Nursing Societyen_GB
dc.subjectONCOLOGYen_GB
dc.subjectSEXUALITYen_GB
dc.titleBarriers and facilitators for oncology nurses discussing sexual issues with men diagnosed with testicular cancer.en_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentMilford Care Centre, Plassey Road, Castletroy, Limerick, Ireland. Electronic address: a.moore@milfordcarecentre.ie.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalEuropean journal of oncology nursing : the official journal of European Oncology Nursing Societyen_GB
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