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Title: The role of nurses in the sexual counselling of patients after myocardial infarction
Authors: Βασιλειάδου, Ασπασία
Σταματοπούλου, Ευαγγελία
Τριανταφύλλου, Γιώργος Σ.
Γεροδήμου, Ε.
Τούλια - Τσάβαλου, Γεωργία
Πιστόλας, Δημήτριος
Item type: Conference publication
Keywords: Έμφραγμα του μυοκαρδίου;Νοσηλευτική;Myocardial infarction;Sexual counseling;Nursing
Subjects: Medicine--Nursing
Issue Date: 13-Jul-2014
Date of availability: 13-Jul-2014
Publisher: Μαρβάκη, Χριστίνα
Abstract: Background Recovery from an MI includes adapting to physical changes and invokes psychosocial responses such as anxiety and depression. Patients are anxious to resume their usual activities after an MI, including sexual activity. However, they may be afraid that engaging in sexual activity could lead to further myocardial damage or even death. Although patients tend to show anxiety about resuming sexual activity after myocardial infarction, relevant counseling is often lacking. Aim of the present study was to investigate practices and Greek nurses’ knowledge, comfort, ease, responsibility and practical application of sexual counseling among post-infarction patients. Methods Data were collected by interviews conducted over three days at the 2006 cardiological conference of the Greek nursing association. Five trained researchers carried out the interviews using a 35-item questionnaire Data analysis was performed by using t-test, ANOVA and SPSS statistical package. Results From the sample was 86% female of mean age 37 years old. Although the large majority (84.8%) agreed with the general principle that sexual counseling forms part of nursing care, the practice appeared to be quite different. Only 20.7% said that nurses do in fact undertake sexual counseling and although 39.1% said that they carry it out themselves, most only did so “sometimes”. Less than half of the respondents (42.0%) felt comfortable in discussing the sexual concerns of post-MI patients and only 46.2% felt qualified to handle such a discussion - although rather more (71.5%) claimed that they possessed the technical knowledge about sexuality after MI. Conclusion Sexual counseling is essential to meet the sexual integrity and quality of life needs of the patient and partner after myocardial infarction. Nurses must be trained in the necessary knowledge and skills.
Language: English
Citation: Vassiliadou, A., Stamatopoulou, E., Triantafyllou, G., Gerodimou, E., Toulia, G., Pistolas, D.. (2008). The role of nurses in the sexual counselling of patients after myocardial infarction. "Health Science Journal". 2 (2), 111-18.
Journal: Health Science Journal
Type of Journal: With a review process (peer review)
Access scheme: Publicly accessible
License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες
Appears in Collections:Τόμος 2, τεύχος 2 (Απρ. - Ιουν. 2008)

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