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Poster session 19

CN53 - Enhancing healthcare professional-led sexual support in cancer care: Acceptability and usability of an eLearning resource and its impact on attitudes towards providing sexual support


10 Sep 2022


Poster session 19


Communication Skills;  Multi-Disciplinary and Multi-Professional Cancer Care;  Survivorship

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Sharon Bingham


Annals of Oncology (2022) 33 (suppl_7): S820-S826. 10.1016/annonc/annonc1045


S.L. Bingham1, C.J. Semple2, C. Flannagan1, L. Dunwoody3

Author affiliations

  • 1 Institute Of Nursing And Health Research, Ulster University, BT37 0QB - Jordanstown/GB
  • 2 Institute Of Nursing And Health Research / Cancer Services, Ulster Hospital - South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, BT16 1RH - Dundonald/GB
  • 3 School Of Psychology, Ulster University, BT37 0QB - Coleraine/GB


Abstract CN53


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.

Clinical trial identification

Editorial acknowledgement

Legal entity responsible for the study

Ulster University.


Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland, Movember/TrueNth projects.


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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