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Healthcare professionals' views on discussing fertility preservation with young cancer patients: a mixed method systematic review of the literature

Vindrola-Padros, C; Dyer, K; Cyrus, J; Machowa Lubker, I; (2016) Healthcare professionals' views on discussing fertility preservation with young cancer patients: a mixed method systematic review of the literature. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer 10.1002/pon.4092. Green open access

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Abstract

Objective: In spite of efforts to guarantee patients are adequately informed about their risk of fertility loss and offered treatment for fertility preservation (FP), previous studies have reported that this topic is not routinely discussed with patients, especially with younger patient populations. A mixed method systematic review was undertaken to explore the factors shaping the discussion of FP with children (0-15 years) and adolescents/young adults (16-24 years) with cancer. Methods: Six databases were searched independently using a combination of keywords and controlled vocabulary/subject headings relating to cancer and fertility. Inclusion criteria consisted of: 1) being published in a peer-reviewed journal; 2) a focus on HCPs’ beliefs, attitudes or practices on fertility issues in cancer patients; 3) primary data collection from HCPs; and 4) a focus on HCPs who provide services to young patients. Of the 6276 articles identified in the search, 16 articles presenting the results of 14 studies were included in the final review. Results: Common themes reported across studies indicate that five main factors influence HCPs’ discussion of FP with young cancer patients: 1) HCPs’ knowledge; 2) HCPs’ sense of comfort; 3) Patient factors (i.e., sexual maturity, prognosis, partnership status, and whether or not they initiate the conversation); 4) Parent factors (i.e., HCPs’ perception of the extent of their involvement); and 5) Availability of educational materials. Conclusions: Future work should ensure that HCPs possess knowledge on cancer-related FP and that they receive adequate training on how to consent and discuss information with young patients and their parents.

Type: Article
Title: Healthcare professionals' views on discussing fertility preservation with young cancer patients: a mixed method systematic review of the literature
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/pon.4092
Publisher version: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pon.409...
Language: English
Additional information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioural dimensions of cancer (2016) Healthcare professionals' views on discussing fertility preservation with young cancer patients: a mixed method systematic review of the literature, which has been published in final form at DOI: 10.1002/pon.4092. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: cancer, fertility, oncology, young patient, healthcare professionals, systematic review
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Targeted Intervention
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475527
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