A danish national intervention with the purpose of increasing oncology and haematology nurses' awareness, knowledge and skills about sexuality in patients living with cancer

K. Norskov, L. Sigaard, D. Naundrup, D. Nielsen, L. Mortensen, M. Stær, K. Schoidt, N. Rosberg

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Introduction: The incidence and prevalence of sexual problems and sexual dysfunction among people living with cancer is high. Evidence suggests that sexual dysfunction is a threat to the joy of life and marital relationships, and can lead to stress and impaired coping ability in chronic ill patients. Yet, sexuality is still a neglected topic among health professionals. Objectives: To increase oncology and haematology nurses awareness, knowledge and skills about patients with cancer's specific and general sexual problems and how to approach an interview, where the theme is sexuality after cancer treatment. Methods: Academic Society for Cancer Nurses (FSK) has taken the initiative to form a Danish national working group in 2015 to develop and implement a national intervention with the above objectives. The effect of the intervention is evaluated by a national survey about nurses' knowledge and skills in relation to sexuality in patients with cancer. The intervention is aimed at patients living with cancer regardless of sexual orientation or sexual partner. Results: The details of the national intervention is expected to be finished by 1/5 2015. Conclusions: The patient's individual needs should be identified through initiation of conversations regarding sexual dysfunction in the medical setting. These conversations can help normalize concerns for patients, debunk myths, provide a basis for brief counselling or serve as an entree for a referral. Sexual function is an important aspect of life and should be placed on par with discussions of the disease, its treatment, and other symptoms or complications by health professionals.
TidsskriftSupportive Care in Cancer
Udgave nummerSuppl. 1
Sider (fra-til)S312-S313
StatusUdgivet - 2015
BegivenhedThe MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer - Bella Center, Copenhagen, Danmark
Varighed: 25. jun. 201527. jun. 2015


KonferenceThe MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer
LokationBella Center


  • *human *neoplasm *nurse *patient *skill *sexuality *hematology *oncology sexual dysfunction conversation health practitioner prevalence sexual orientation society cancer therapy interview sexual function literature counseling coping behavior