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Decreased sexual function in partners after patients’ first-time myocardial infarction
Orebro Universitet, Department of Cardiology, Orebro, Sweden.
Uddevalla Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Uddevalla, Sweden.
Orebro Universitet, School of Health Sciences, Orebro, Sweden.
Wichita State University, School of Nursing, Wichita, United States.
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2018 (English)In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 1474-5151, E-ISSN 1873-1953Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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.
Keywords [en]
Longitudinal, myocardial infarction, sexual function, sexual relationships, spouse, Watts Sexual Function Questionnaire
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Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38892DOI: 10.1177/1474515117751904PubMedID: 29291637Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85041537787Local ID: HHJADULTISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-38892DiVA, id: diva2:1184488
Available from: 2018-02-21 Created: 2018-02-21 Last updated: 2018-02-21

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