An Exploration of the Lived Experiences of Sexual Function and Satisfaction in Young Male Patients Following Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308292
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
An Exploration of the Lived Experiences of Sexual Function and Satisfaction in Young Male Patients Following Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
Author(s):
Drake, Derek S.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Nu Iota
Author Details:
Derek S. Drake, RN, BSN, dereksdrake@hotmail.com
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013, Saturday, November 16, 2013

Injury to the spinal cord is devastating leading to permanent, debilitating, and life altering injuries that can be fatal in some instances.  Research suggests there are approximately 250,000 people living in the United States with some form of spinal cord injury (SCI)  with approximately 11,000 new cases occurring annually.  Men are four times more likely to sustain a spinal cord injury and account for 82% of those injured.  The result of SCI has significant impact on the SCI patient’s physical, emotional, and sexual wellbeing. Studies evaluating sexual activity potentiality in males with SCI date back to 1948 where Munro and associates completed extensive research on the sexual function of eighty-four paraplegic men injured in World War II.     Since the earliest studies regaining sexual function has been identified as the highest priority for SCI patients, ranking above improving bowel and bladder function, extremity function, independence, and performing activities of daily living. Approximately 42% of men living with SCI are dissatisfied with their sexual lifestyle, and nearly 50% experience feelings of sexual inadequacy.  More importantly, studies show that the vast majority of persons with SCI never discussed their sexual concerns with health providers, and 90% of these individuals had unrealistic expectations of sexual function and satisfaction. However, there is a paucity of research found within the literature regarding sexual function and satisfaction in SCI patients.  The purpose of this phenomenological inquiry is to explore, describe and gain a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of sexual dysfunction and dissatisfaction following spinal cord injury showing health care providers of all fields the need to address sexuality early on in the acute phase of SCI treatment.
Keywords:
Spinal cord injury (SCI); Sexual satisfaction; Sexual function
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAn Exploration of the Lived Experiences of Sexual Function and Satisfaction in Young Male Patients Following Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuryen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDrake, Derek S.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNu Iotaen_GB
dc.author.detailsDerek S. Drake, RN, BSN, dereksdrake@hotmail.comen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308292-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013, Saturday, November 16, 2013</p>Injury to the spinal cord is devastating leading to permanent, debilitating, and life altering injuries that can be fatal in some instances.  Research suggests there are approximately 250,000 people living in the United States with some form of spinal cord injury (SCI)  with approximately 11,000 new cases occurring annually.  Men are four times more likely to sustain a spinal cord injury and account for 82% of those injured.  The result of SCI has significant impact on the SCI patient’s physical, emotional, and sexual wellbeing. Studies evaluating sexual activity potentiality in males with SCI date back to 1948 where Munro and associates completed extensive research on the sexual function of eighty-four paraplegic men injured in World War II.     Since the earliest studies regaining sexual function has been identified as the highest priority for SCI patients, ranking above improving bowel and bladder function, extremity function, independence, and performing activities of daily living. Approximately 42% of men living with SCI are dissatisfied with their sexual lifestyle, and nearly 50% experience feelings of sexual inadequacy.  More importantly, studies show that the vast majority of persons with SCI never discussed their sexual concerns with health providers, and 90% of these individuals had unrealistic expectations of sexual function and satisfaction. However, there is a paucity of research found within the literature regarding sexual function and satisfaction in SCI patients.  The purpose of this phenomenological inquiry is to explore, describe and gain a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of sexual dysfunction and dissatisfaction following spinal cord injury showing health care providers of all fields the need to address sexuality early on in the acute phase of SCI treatment.en_GB
dc.subjectSpinal cord injury (SCI)en_GB
dc.subjectSexual satisfactionen_GB
dc.subjectSexual functionen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:29:25Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:29:25Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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