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Discussing sexuality with patients with Parkinson's disease

a survey among Dutch neurologists

Discussing sexuality with patients with Parkinson's disease

a survey among Dutch neurologists

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Sexual functioning is often impaired in patients
with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and may affect quality of
life of patients and their spouse. However, little is known
about the practice patterns of neurologists with regard to
discussing sexuality in this field. The aim of this cross-
sectional study was to evaluate to what extent neurologists
discuss sexuality with PD patients. A 22-item questionnaire
was sent to 139 neurologists specializing in PD. The survey
contained questions about their attitudes, knowledge, and
practice patterns with respect to sexual dysfunction (SD) in
patients with PD. The response rate of the survey was
66.9%. Most participants (56.8%) stated that they address
sexuality in less than half of their PD patients. High age of
patients (42.0%), insufficient consultation time (37.5%),
and a lack of patients’ initiative to raise the topic them-
selves (36.4%) were frequently reported barriers towards
discussing sexuality. The majority of participants consid-
ered that discussing sexuality is a responsibility that lay
with neurologists (85.2%), nurses (73.9%), and patients
(72.7%). One quarter of the neurologists reported to have
insufficient or no knowledge on SD. The majority of par-
ticipants regarded screening for SD important or slightly
important (85.2%). A large proportion of Dutch neurolo-
gists specializing in PD do not routinely discuss sexuality
with their PD patients. Sexual healthcare in PD patients
may benefit from time-efficient tools and agreements on
who is responsible for discussing SD. Furthermore, rec-
ommendations in PD guidelines on screening and manag-
ing SD should be adapted to fit everyday practice
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OrganisatieSaxion
AfdelingAcademie AGZ
LectoraatVerpleegkunde
Datum2017-07-01
TypeArtikel
TaalEngels

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