“How to start that conversation?”: A virtual simulation about sexual health care for breast cancer survivors

Amina Regina Silva, Jacqueline Galica, Kevin Woo, Laura Killam, Jovina Concepcion Bachynski, Reanne Booker, Janet Giroux, Debora Stark, Marian Luctkar-Flude


Abstract: Virtual simulation (VS) is an innovative and engaging knowledge translation strategy that can improve healthcare providers’ knowledge and skills; however, there is known literature published related to the use of simulation to improve cancer survivorship care. In this paper, we describe our experience of developing a VS to educate primary health care professionals about sexual health disturbances among breast cancer survivors. Based on literature in other contexts, this VS may help increase health professionals’ knowledge and skills needed to assist breast cancer survivors with sexual health concerns. Our VS experience can be used to guide other researchers planning to develop similar interventions in the future.

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