The opinions and practices of providers toward the sexual issues of cervical cancer patients undergoing treatment

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Abstract

Objectives Cervical cancer and its treatments impair women's sexual function. These complications may or may not be regarded when clinicians develop treatment plans. We aim to investigate the considerations of providers toward the sex life of cervical cancer patients. Methods All members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology received a questionnaire assessing their opinions and practices toward specific questions regarding the sexual functioning of their patients. Results Of the 124 providers who completed the survey, the majority were Board Certified Gynecologic Oncologists (56%) with an average of 15 years in training. Approximately 23% received training about sexual dysfunction. Providers without formal training were more likely to agree that: “Information regarding sexual function in patients undergoing treatment for cervical cancer is lacking” (p = 0.02). Providers with over 10 years of experience were more likely to agree that “sex is private and discussing it with patients will interfere with our provider-patient relationship” (p = 0.03). International clinicians were more likely to agree that: “I feel uncomfortable initiating discussions regarding sexual function with patients” (p = 0.03), “Sex is private and discussing it with patients will interfere in our provider-patient relationship” (p = 0.02), and “If a patient has a sexual problem, they will raise the subject” (p = 0.009). Conclusions Years of clinical experience, provider age, a history of training on regarding sexual dysfunction and an international setting of practice affect providers' opinions and practices toward sexual issues of cervical cancer patients. More formal, relevant training regarding sexual dysfunction is warranted for clinicians who treat cervical cancer patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)586-591
Number of pages6
JournalGynecologic Oncology
Volume144
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

Keywords

  • Cervical cancer
  • Education
  • Sexual dysfunction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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