The purpose of this study is to describe and interpret the attitudes and conduct of hospital healthcare professionals (HCPs) in association with male cancer survivors and their municipal rehabilitation participation.Design:
Ethnographic fieldwork was conducted, consisting of participant observation and nine semistructured focus group interviews with 58 hospital HCPs.Methods:
Using interpretive description methodology with symbolic interaction as a theoretical framework, data were collected through fieldwork in three oncology wards in Denmark.Findings:
Attitudes about both gender and rehabilitation were identified as overarching obstructions within hospital HCP conduct toward promoting men’s participation in cancer rehabilitation.Conclusions:
Gender and rehabilitation perceptions formed barriers in this context, suggesting that male cancer survivors’ rehabilitation outcomes may be compromised by HCP attitudes and conduct.Clinical Relevance:
These findings provide insight into approaches to guide HCPs to take responsibility for rehabilitation and to take gender into account in their work.