Adapting and usability testing of an eLearning resource to enhance healthcare professional provision of sexual support across cancer care

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ObjectivesTo adapt the theory-driven and positively evaluated Maximising Sexual Wellbeing| Prostate Cancer (MSW|PC) eLearning resource to an eLearning resource suitable for health professionals (HPs) working with mixed cancer populations, followed by usability and acceptability testing.MethodsGuided by Person-Based Approach (PBA) and Biopsychosocial Model, the MSW|PC was adapted by combining evidence from the literature, an expert group (n = 27: patients, partners, and HPs working in cancer care) and the research team. New content was developed relevant for a mixed cancer population. The Maximising Sexual Wellbeing| Cancer Care (MSW|CC) eLearning prototype was usability tested and modified with HPs using "think aloud" interviews (n = 18).ResultsMany identified sexual challenges were common across cancer populations, with additional information required for breast, colorectal, gynaecological, head and neck, and prostate cancers. During the testing phase, navigational difficulties were identified and resolved. HPs reported the MSW|CC as engaging, informative, and relevant with helpful communication and signposting tools to support practice.ConclusionThis systematic and iterative PBA yielded important insights to enhance the content and usability of MSW|CC. This novel resource provides HPs working across cancer care with tools to potentially address the gap in knowledge and skills and positively impact future sexual healthcare provision across cancer care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3541-3551
Number of pages11
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Issue number4
Early online date12 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Apr 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to acknowledge funding from Movember/TrueNth/Prostate Cancer UK and the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature.


  • Cancer
  • e-Learning
  • Person-based approach
  • Sexual health
  • Qualitative research
  • Intervention adaptation
  • E-learning
  • Intervention Adaptation
  • Sexual Health
  • Person-based Approach
  • Qualitative Research


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