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Decreased sexual function in partners after patients’ first-time myocardial infarction
Örebro University, School of Medical Sciences. Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5996-2584
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5403-4183
School of Nursing, Wichita State University, Wichita, USA.
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2018 (English)In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 1474-5151, E-ISSN 1873-1953, Vol. 17, no 6, p. 521-526Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: A myocardial infarction event affects not only patients but also partners, although how it affects the partners’ sexual function is not studied.

Aim: The purpose of this study was to describe and compare how partners experienced their sexual function one year before with one year after first-time myocardial infarction of their partner.

Methods: A longitudinal and comparative design was used. Self-reported data on Watts Sexual Function Questionnaire was collected retrospectively at two occasions from 123 partners (87 women and 36 men), measuring the year prior to the first-time myocardial infarction and the year after. Data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics.

Results: The total score for Watts Sexual Function Questionnaire showed a significant decrease over time. In all four subscales a decrease was found, which were statistically significant in three out of the four subscales (sexual desire, 19.39 vs 18.61; p<0.001, orgasm, 14.11 vs 13.64; p=0.027 and satisfaction, 12.61 vs 12.31; p=0.042). Twenty-six partners reported that their intercourse frequencies decreased over time, while six partners reported an increased intercourse frequency.

Conclusions: Partners’ sexual function decreased after patients’ first-time myocardial infarction. It is important for health personnel to offer information and discussion about sexual function and concerns with both patients and partners after a first-time myocardial infarction.

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Sage Publications, 2018. Vol. 17, no 6, p. 521-526
Keywords [en]
Longitudinal, myocardial infarction, sexual function, sexual relationships, spouse, Watts Sexual Function Questionnaire
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Nursing Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
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Caring sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-63744DOI: 10.1177/1474515117751904ISI: 000440433800007PubMedID: 29291637Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85041537787OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-63744DiVA, id: diva2:1170114
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