Incontinence remains a taboo where myths and misconceptions abound. The objectives of this study were to explore the impact of incontinence on an individual's sexuality and to identify the impact of health interventions for the management of incontinence on sexuality. A quota sample of subjects whose incontinence was regarded as being either successfully managed (n = 14) or unsuccessfully managed (n = 12) by continence advisers, community nurses and health visitors from two National Health Service Trusts were interviewed. A further subject whose incontinence was not classified was also interviewed, bringing the total number of interviews to 27. One Trust had an established continence advisory service of some 19 years, while the other Trust did not have a specific continence advisory service and relied upon members of the primary health care team to meet the needs of individuals suffering from incontinence. The qualitative data from this study were analysed using the constant comparative technique and were grouped into themes relating to clothing and appearance, intimacy and caring, management techniques and relationships and life trajectory. This is the first study to have examined management techniques for incontinence and their relationship to an individual's sexuality and therefore has important implications for clinical practice. It has also set the findings of incontinence and sexuality in the context of chronic conditions and their related patient careers and life trajectory.
"These studies looked at the impact these conditions had on the sexual health of individuals and their partners as well as the quality of their relationships as a whole. For example, Roe and May  conducted a "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This narrative review argues that the current conceptualization of sexuality in exstrophy–epispadias complex research places value on the achievement of sexual function to the detriment of psychosocial factors. It is argued that the adoption of a new conceptualization of sexual health would provide a framework for addressing this concern. This argument is developed through critique of current evidence and supported by further relevant arguments from within health and disability fields. Consideration is given to how potential implications for research and clinical practice arising from this change could be overcome.
Sexuality and Disability 06/2014; 32(2):175-188. DOI:10.1007/s11195-014-9346-8 · 0.72 Impact Factor
"9 kvinnor tyckte att vårdpersonalen skulle initiera diskussionen och att samtalet inte skulle behöva vara långt, det skulle räcka några få minuter. Jakobsson, Rahm Hallberg och Lovén (2000) och Roe och May (1999) bekräftar Erikssons tankar om sjukdomslidande och livslidande. Livslidande innebär att sjukdomen gör att hela människans livssituation förändras. "
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