Sexual health and sexuality related issues is always challenging task for many adolescentand young adults to discuss with their healthcare provider. For healthcare team, this issue ismostly because of lack of education about the sexuality and reproductive health that the teenagerand young adults. The healthcare teams need to make strategies to manage theseissues(Frederick, Revette, Michaud, & Bober, 2019). To improve their patient quality of life andoutcomes is always the basic goal for the healthcare team of oncology, so that their patients areable to discuss issue related to their sexual health(Leonardi-Warren et al., 2016)Everyone is responsible to fulfill patients need in healthcare setting but nurses are moreresponsible to respond to the need which patient is complaining and do their best to fulfill thatneeds. Sometimes the patients are silent to discuss their concerns related to sexual health andthey do not ask for any kind of help. These needs are real in nature and supported throughvarious evidence, nurses are consider breaking their silence by discussing sexual health issuewith patients directly. Patients reserve the rights to expect more from the nurses(McLeod &Hamilton, 2013).One of the study finding indicates that the most common and acceptable barrier forsexuality teaching is the nurse’s knowledge level. They have queries that patient will not respondto nurses when they teach sexuality(M. A. Magnan & Reynolds, 2006). Greek nurses identifiedthe essence of sexual assessment, but they consider it out of their range and practice. As thesexual assessment is the most integral part of oncology patient, it should have to added in thecourses in nursing curriculum to aware the novice about the importance(Nakopoulou,Papaharitou, & Hatzichristou, 2009). Facilitator for the patients are the oncology team who are the directly in touch with theclients. This is the responsibility of the team to facilitate their patients who are young adults toovercome the problem. The patient who have less knowledge of the treatment and its impact on
NURSES’ PERCEPTIONS AND BARRIERS IN ADDRESSING THE SEXUAL HEALTH NEEDS OF ONCOLOGY PATIENTS5his/her sexual health should be educated about the treatment and the respond of treatment to theirsexual health(Evan, Kaufman, Cook, & Zeltzer, 2006).Barriers that incorporate the sexuality assessment of the patients include socioculturalnorms of individuals and time availability with nurses, therefore more emphasis on sexualpattern on the nursing curriculum (Magnan, Reynolds & Galvin, 2005) and (Oskey, Can, &Basgol, 2014). While in China the major barriers face by the nurses to address the sexualityissues are the preoccupied mind and myths of the individuals regarding the sexuality pattern,furthermore the nurses believe that discussing this sensitive with the patient (Zeng, Liu & Loke,2012).