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Roshandel S, Lamyian M, Azin S A, Haghighat S, Mohammadi E, akbari M. The Provision of Sexual Health Services to Breast Cancer Survivors in Iran: A Qualitative Study. ijbd 2023; 16 (1) :65-84
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1- Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran Medical Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
2- Department of Reproductive Health and Midwifery, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
3- Reproductive Biotechnology Research Center, Avicenna Research Institute, ACECR, Tehran, Iran , saliazin@gmail.com
4- Breast Cancer Research Center, Motamed Cancer Institute, ACECR, Tehran, Iran
5- Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
6- Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology -IWK Heath Centre, Halifax-Canada
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Introduction: Sexual health is a significant concern for cancer survivors. This study aims to understand how breast cancer survivors and service providers in Iran perceive and experience sexual health services for breast cancer survivors.
Material and methods: The present study used a qualitative approach and conventional content analysis method. Data were collected through the use of unstructured in-depth interviews with participants. The main interview question was how the sexual health of patients is addressed and what services are provided in this regard.
Results: Data analysis led to the emergence of two themes entitled passivity in providing sexual health services and physically oriented services  provided in the field of body image disorder.
Conclusion: The results showed that the sexual health services provided to breast cancer survivors are passive and limited to their expressed complaints. Moreover, while providing body image services is desirable and aligns with global standards in the physical aspect, there appears to be a deficiency in the psychosocial aspect. Providing services using a multidisciplinary approach, training employees about the late effects of cancer, and paying attention to the biopsychosocial aspects of sexual health can improve breast cancer survivors' quality of life.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation
Received: 2022/10/23 | Accepted: 2023/03/4 | Published: 2023/04/19

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