Research Reports - Provider perceptions of the assessment and rehabilitation of sexual functioning after traumatic brain injury

Brain Inj. 2017 Jul 12:1-7. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2017.1332784. [Epub ahead of
print]

Arango-Lasprilla JC(1)(2), Olabarrieta-Landa L(3), Ertl MM(4), Stevens LF(5)(6),

Morlett-Paredes A(6), Andelic N(7)(8), Zasler N(9)(10)(11)(12)(13).

OBJECTIVE: To explore how health care professionals who work with individuals

with TBI address issues related to the assessment and treatment of sexuality
after TBI.
METHODS: A survey composed of 53 questions was developed to evaluate professional
training, assessment of sexuality in individuals with TBI and attitudes towards
sexuality. The sample consisted of 324 self-identified TBI health care
professionals.
RESULTS: Ninety seven per cent of participants believed that sexuality should be
discussed during rehabilitation; however, 36% reported talking about it. Seventy
nine per cent reported that their patients have asked about sexuality after TBI,
with 60% feeling calm and competent addressing the topic. The main reason for not
discussing the topic was that patients do not ask for information (42%).
Assessment (87%) and treatment of sexuality (82%) in individuals with TBI are
considered a part of their professional responsibility.
CONCLUSION: Despite recognition of the importance of addressing the topic and the
belief of it being their professional responsibility, many professionals reported
lack of training. Working to increase comfort with the topic and providing
comprehensive education on treating sexuality may be beneficial. 

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