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Sexual concerns of patients and partners after an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

Authors
  • Steinke, Elaine E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2003
Volume
22
Issue
2
Pages
89–96
Identifiers
PMID: 12649620
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Sexual concerns of patients after an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) exist, but are not well understood. This study explored sexual concerns and educational needs of those living with an ICD and their partners. Study results suggest a need for written patient education tools specific to sexual issues for patients and partners, and educational resources for health professionals. Addressing the fears and concerns related to sexual function of ICD patients and partners is an essential aspect of rehabilitation and recovery.

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