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Title: Portuguese oncologists’ practices regarding female fertility preservation: Which barriers most relate to these practices?
Authors: Melo, Cláudia 
Fonseca, Ana 
Silva, Cristina 
Almeida-Santos, Teresa 
Canavarro, Maria Cristina 
Issue Date: 2018
Serial title, monograph or event: European Journal of Cancer Care
Abstract: This study aims to investigate the current practice patterns of Portuguese oncologists with different clinical specialties regarding female fertility preservation (FP) and to determine the relative endorsement of different barriers to these practices. A total of 111 doctors with different clinical specialties assisting female cancer patients of childbearing age at Portuguese clinical institutions completed a self-report questionnaire to assess their current practice patterns regarding female FP and their perceptions of the barriers to these practices. Although the majority of the oncologists reported discussing the reproductive future with their patients, 2.8% and 7.2% of these clinicians reported never informing about the risk of infertility and about FP, respectively, and 75.8% of the participants have referred fewer than ten patients to a reproductive medicine doctor. Time with patients was the strongest endorsed barrier to these practices. A stronger endorsement of the barriers "oncologists' communication skills" and "patient-related factors" was related to a lower frequency of informing about both the risk of cancer-related infertility and about FP. It is important to overcome the intrinsic barriers that emerged as being the most relevant to oncologists' FP practices and that can be modified, namely the lack of communication skills and the oncologists' perceptions of their patients' characteristics.
DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12812
Rights: openAccess
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