Giving staff confidence to discuss sexual concerns with patients
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Giving staff confidence to discuss sexual concerns with patients

Louise Lee Macmillan clinical nurse specialist palliative care, Lincolnshire Community Health Services, Grantham
Michelle Jacklin Macmillan cancer information support specialist, Macmillan Cancer Support, East Midlands
Caroline Boyer Macmillan information and support services lead, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Lincoln

Louise Lee and colleagues explore the outcome of an initiative to raise awareness about the possible long-term effects of cancer and to equip health professionals with the relevant knowledge and communications skills

This article describes a countywide event to raise awareness among healthcare professionals of the sexual problems experienced by cancer and palliative care patients. It also includes the background to the event, content and the evaluation process. The evaluation results were positive and suggest improvements in participants’ knowledge, ability and confidence to discuss sexual problems after the event and in practice.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 11, 2,28-32. doi: 10.7748/cnp2012.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

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