Exploring men's preferred strategies for learning about testicular disorders inclusive of testicular cancer: a qualitative descriptive study

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dc.contributor.author Saab, Mohamad M.
dc.contributor.author Landers, Margaret
dc.contributor.author Hegarty, Josephine
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-25T10:53:11Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-25T10:53:11Z
dc.date.issued 2016-12-05
dc.identifier.citation Saab, M. M., Landers, M. and Hegarty, J. (2017) 'Exploring men's preferred strategies for learning about testicular disorders inclusive of testicular cancer: a qualitative descriptive study', European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 26, pp. 27-35. doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2016.11.001 en
dc.identifier.volume 26 en
dc.identifier.startpage 27 en
dc.identifier.endpage 35 en
dc.identifier.issn 1462-3889
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7051
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.ejon.2016.11.001
dc.description.abstract Purpose: Men's awareness of testicular disorders is lacking and their intention to seek help for testicular symptoms is sub-optimal. Studies conducted to explore and raise men's awareness of testicular disorders did not address their preferred learning strategies and failed to include men who are at risk for health inequities. The aim of this study was to explore, in-depth, the preferred strategies for learning about testicular disorders inclusive of testicular cancer among men who self-identify as heterosexual, gay, or bisexual. Methods: Maximum variation and snowball sampling were used to recruit 29 men aged 18-47 years. Participation was sought from community and youth organizations and a university in the Republic of Ireland. Semi-structured individual interviews and focus groups were conducted. Interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. Inductive analysis of manifest content was used. Results: Seventeen informants self-identified as heterosexual, 11 as gay, and one as bisexual. Four main categories emerged, namely: strategies to enhance awareness (television, internet, campaigns, print media), educational dos and don'ts (tailoring effective messages, drawbacks of national initiatives, ineffective learning strategies), implications of raising awareness (risks and benefits of increasing awareness), and learning among gay and bisexual men (learning needs and strategies). Conclusion: Future studies promoting awareness of testicular disorders should take into account men's preferred learning strategies. National campaigns should be delivered frequently and altered occasionally in order to achieve a top-up effect. Clinicians are encouraged to educate young men about the seriousness of testicular symptoms and the importance of seeking timely medical attention for any abnormalities. en
dc.description.sponsorship University College Cork (PhD Scholarship) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier Ltd. en
dc.rights © 2016, Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.subject Awareness en
dc.subject Men's health en
dc.subject Qualitative research en
dc.subject Learning en
dc.subject Testicular cancer en
dc.subject Testicular diseases en
dc.title Exploring men's preferred strategies for learning about testicular disorders inclusive of testicular cancer: a qualitative descriptive study en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Mohamad Saab, Nursing & Midwifery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: mohamadsaab@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2018-10-24T10:42:07Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.contributor.funder University College Cork en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle European Journal of Oncology Nursing en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress mohamadsaab@ucc.ie en


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