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Addressing the Gaps in Post-Stroke Sexual Activity Rehabilitation: Patient Perspectives

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School of Medicine, College of Health and Medicine, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
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School of Health Sciences, College of Health and Medicine, University of Tasmania, Newnham Drive, Newnham, Tasmania 7250, Australia
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Healthcare 2019, 7(1), 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare7010025
Received: 6 January 2019 / Revised: 31 January 2019 / Accepted: 31 January 2019 / Published: 5 February 2019
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Abstract

Sexual dysfunction is common but often under-recognised or neglected after stroke. This study sought to identify the existing methods for providing information and discussion on post-stroke sexual activity, and perceived gaps from the patient perspective. A sample of 1265 participants who had been admitted to any of the four major public hospitals in Tasmania, Australia, with stroke (International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) group B70) were mailed a survey assessing their experiences with, and opinions about, receipt of post-stroke sexual activity education. One hundred and eighty-three participants (14.5%) responded; of these, 65% were male and the mean age was 69.1 years. The results indicated that, whilst over 30% or participants wanted to receive information related to post-stroke sexual activity, only a small proportion of participants (8.2%) had received this. In terms of the method of receiving this information, participants preferred to receive this from a doctor in a private discussion with or without their partner present. The delivery of post-stroke sexual activity information and education is inconsistent and fails to meet patient needs within major Tasmanian hospitals, highlighting the importance of developing sound, routine, post-stroke education and information processes. View Full-Text
Keywords: stroke; rehabilitation; sexuality; sexual dysfunction; education; personal satisfaction stroke; rehabilitation; sexuality; sexual dysfunction; education; personal satisfaction
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Prior, S.; Reeves, N.; Peterson, G.; Jaffray, L.; Campbell, S. Addressing the Gaps in Post-Stroke Sexual Activity Rehabilitation: Patient Perspectives. Healthcare 2019, 7, 25.

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