Self-care of men with priapism and sickle cell disease

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OBJECTIVE: To identify self-care demands of men with sickle cell disease and priapism and describe self-care measures in light of Orem's Self-Care Theory. METHOD: This is a descriptive exploratory study with qualitative approach conducted with nine men with a history of sickle cell disease and priapism. Data were analyzed using Orem's Self-Care Theory. RESULTS: Some demands were identified: from universal self-care - difficulty in social interaction and solitude, changes in self-image, self-esteem and sexual activity; from development - the experience with priapism and little knowledge about the pathophysiology of the disease; regarding health deviations - pain crises. CONCLUSION: Orem's theory allowed to identify self-care demands, which are essential for the nursing care provided for men with priapism. Nursing has an essential role in the measures for the different demands presented.




Costa, D. O., Araújo, F. A., Xavier, A. S. G., Araújo, L. D. S., Silva, U. B. da, Santos, E. A., & Ferreira, S. L. (2018). Self-care of men with priapism and sickle cell disease. Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem, 71(5), 2418–2424.

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