Well-documented barriers to the provision of healthcare professional (HP)-led sexual support in cancer care include lack of knowledge, skills and evidence-based educational interventions, to equip HPs to address sexual challenges faced by patients and partners. As a result, sexual support is often avoided. This study examined HPs’ acceptability and usability of the Maximising Sexual Wellbeing: Cancer Care (MSW|CC) eLearning resource for HPs and evaluated its impact on HPs’ sexual attitudes and beliefs to providing sexual support in cancer care.
HPs (n=87) completed pre and post-test surveys using the modified 12-item Sexual Attitudes and Beliefs Scale (SABS). Post-test, participants rated acceptability and usability of the MSW|CC, with optional free-text comments. A repeated measures t-test assessed changes in HPs’ scores on the SABS. HPs perspectives of the MSW|CC were explored through descriptive statistics and reporting of free text comments.
SABS scores increased significantly from Time 1 (M=35.1, SD=4.8) to Time 2 (M=40.1, SD=4.3), t(86) =-10.2, p<0.001 (two-tailed) with a medium effect size (d = 0.55); indicating a decrease in HPs’ attitudinal barriers to providing sexual support. The MSW|CC was deemed acceptable, user-friendly and easy to navigate. HPs would recommend the use of this eLearning resource to others (3.78/4, SD=0.5), considered it a good informational resource (3.78/4, SD=0.5) and straightforward to use (3.8/4, SD 0.42).
The MSW|CC reduced HPs’ attitudinal barriers towards the provision of HP-led sexual support in cancer care, whilst being acceptable and usable. The MSW|CC could support implementation of global clinical guidelines advocating for HP-led sexual support across the treatment trajectory.
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Legal entity responsible for the study
Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland, Movember/TrueNth projects.
All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.