einstein (São Paulo). 01/Jun/2016;14(2):178-84.

Assessment of physicians’ addressing sexuality in elderly patients with chronic pain

Guilherme Liausu Cherpak, Fânia Cristina dos Santos

DOI: 10.1590/S1679-45082016AO3556

ABSTRACT
Objective
To determine the frequency with which physicians address their older adult patients with chronic pain about the issue of sexuality.
Methods
It is a cross sectional, descriptive, analytical study in which physicians answered a questionnaire comprising questions related to addressing the issue of sexuality during appointments.
Results
A sample of 155 physicians was obtained, 63.9% stated they did not address sexuality in medical interviews and 23.2% did it most of the time. The main reasons for not addressing were lack of time, fear of embarrassing the patient and technical inability to address the issue.
Conclusion
There is a need to develop strategies to increase and improve addressing of sexuality in elderly patients with chronic pain, in order to have better quality of life.

Assessment of physicians’ addressing sexuality in elderly patients with chronic pain

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