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Bober SL , Reese JB , Barbera L , Bradford A , Carpenter KM , Goldfarb S , Carter J
How to ask and what to do: a guide for clinical inquiry and intervention regarding female sexual health after cancer
Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2016 Mar;10(1) :44-54
PMID: 26716390    PMCID: PMC4984532   
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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As the number of female cancer survivors continues to grow, there is a growing need to bridge the gap between the high rate of women's cancer-related sexual dysfunction and the lack of attention and intervention available to the majority of survivors who suffer from sexual problems. Previously identified barriers that hinder communication for providers include limited time, lack of preparation, and a lack of patient resources and access to appropriate referral sources. RECENT FINDINGS: This study brings together a recently developed model for approaching clinical inquiry about sexual health with a brief problem checklist that has been adapted for use for female cancer survivors, as well as practical evidence-based strategies on how to address concerns identified on the checklist. Examples of patient education sheets are provided as well as strategies for building a referral network. SUMMARY: By providing access to a concise and efficient tool for clinical inquiry, as well as targeted material resources and practical health-promoting strategies based on recent evidence-based findings, we hope to begin eliminating the barriers that hamper oncology providers from addressing the topic of sexual/vaginal health after cancer.
1751-4266 Bober, Sharon L Reese, Jennifer B Barbera, Lisa Bradford, Andrea Carpenter, Kristen M Goldfarb, Shari Carter, Jeanne P30 CA008748/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States Journal Article Review United States Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2016 Mar;10(1):44-54. doi: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000186.