Written information material and availability of sexual health care for men experiencing sexual dysfunction after prostate cancer treatment: An evaluation of dutch urology and radiotherapy departments

L.A. Grondhuis Palacios*, E.M. Krouwel, M. Duijn, B.L. den Oudsten, H. Putter, R.C. Pelger, H.W. Elzevier, M.E. den Ouden

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Abstract

Objective was to investigate content of written information material and availability of sexual health care for men experiencing sexual dysfunction (SD) after prostate cancer treatment. A cross-sectional survey was conducted among Dutch urology and radiotherapy departments to evaluate information materials and availability of sexual health care. Out of 71 eligible departments, 34 urology and 15 radiotherapy departments participated in the survey (response rate 69.0%). Fifty-nine brochures corresponding to 31 urology and 11 radiotherapy departments were analysed. In 88.1% of collected information material, sexual health was mentioned. Regarding extensiveness, 20.4% of the brochures contained extensive information, 50.8% moderate amount of information and 28.8% contained little or no information. Urology departments provided pre-treatment nurse consultations more often than radiotherapy departments. Sexual counselling was more frequently provided by urology departments. Urology departments were more aware of adequate referral possibilities. Information material provided by Dutch urology and radiotherapy departments does not address treatment-related SD routinely. Sexual health care is not available everywhere for men experiencing SD. Applying a standard regarding content of sexual health in information material is recommended as well as improved awareness of referral possibilities and enhanced provision of pre-treatment nurse consultations for men experiencing SD after prostate cancer treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12629
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer Care
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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