‘Talking about sex after prostate cancer’: e-learning resource for Health Professionals

Carrie Flannagan, Eilis McCaughan, Sean O'Connor

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Abstract

To systematically develop and
provide an initial evaluation of
a training intervention
designed to enable HCPs,
including those without formal
training in sexual health, to
support prostate cancer
patients and partners. This is
part of an overall programme
of work to develop services
which ensure all men will have
access to a minimal level of
psychosexual support,
following diagnosis of prostate
cancer.
Abstract
Introduction
There is evidence in the
literature that many Healthcare
Professionals (HCPs) do not
discuss sexual issues with
patients for a variety of
complex reasons (Kelly et al,
2015). HCPs fear
embarrassment for
themselves and their patients
and often lack the knowledge
and skills to ‘open up’ a
conversation and to then offer
appropriate support and
advice (Forbat et al, 2012;
Flynn et al, 2012). As prostate
cancer is the most common
cancer among men, there is a
growing cohort of patients for
whom services provided to
address sexual health
concerns are variable and
fragmented; and many men
report not receiving adequate
care (Baker et al, 2016).
Currently, although initiating
conversations and providing
support around sexual health
is an important component of
care, HCPs report often
feeling unequipped to deal
with these issues, and say
they lack appropriate
resources to offer men and
partners (Parahoo et al, 2017).
Objective
To systematically develop and
provide an initial evaluation of
a training intervention
designed to enable HCPs,
including those without formal
training in sexual health, to
support prostate cancer
patients and partners. This is
part of a programme of work to
develop services which ensure
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all men will have access to a
minimal level of psychosexual
support, following diagnosis of
prostate cancer.
Methods
An iterative approach was
used to develop an e-learning
resource for health
professionals, designed to
provide the structure,
language and content to guide
basic conversations around
sexual wellbeing (Yardley et
al, 2015).
Evaluation
The online training module will
be evaluated through pre and
post-test questionnaires
relating to content, user
friendliness, time to complete
it, what they learnt from it, their
satisfaction with it and how it
can be improved. Data from
the first 100 HCPs who access
the module will be analysed
and reported. Users will be
recruited from a wide variety of
sources including, post –grad
studies, PCUK website users
and clinicians.
Conclusions
The HCP training resource will
provide a mechanism whereby
a basic level of psychosexual
care and support can be
provided to all men throughout
different phases of care; from
diagnosis, treatment and
subsequent follow-up.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventLeadership in nursing education: facing
challenges, creating opportunities
: RCN Education Forum National Conference & Exhibition 2019
- Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Mar 2019 → …

Conference

ConferenceLeadership in nursing education: facing
challenges, creating opportunities
Abbreviated titleTuesday 12 – Wednesday 13 March 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBristol
Period12/03/2019 → …

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