The CHARMS Study: cardiac patients' experiences of sexual problems following cardiac rehabilitation

  • Byrne M
  • Doherty S
  • Murphy A
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BACKGROUND: Sexual problems are common among cardiac patients. Further information is required on patients' experiences of sexuality and preferences for sexual counselling. AIM: To characterise sexual dysfunction and related factors among patients following cardiac rehabilitation and examine related treatment delivery. METHODS: Telephone interviews with 382 patients (32% response rate) recruited from six hospital rehabilitation centres. RESULTS: Seventy-nine per cent were male; average age was 64 years (SD 9.8). Forty-seven per cent of the total sample reported no sexual relations in the previous year, and nearly a half of sexually active respondents reported at least one sexual problem. Erectile dysfunction (reported by 33%) and lack of interest in sex (reported by 10%) were the most common problems for men and women respectively. Twenty-three per cent reported that sex had deteriorated for them since their cardiac event, and for half of these this was considered a serious problem. In logistic regression analysis, higher anxiety (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale) and being male were associated with reporting a sexual problem (chi(2) = 37.85, p

Author-supplied keywords

  • Aged
  • Anxiety/diagnosis
  • Counseling
  • Depression/diagnosis
  • Female
  • Heart Diseases/*complications/rehabilitation
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction/statistics & numerical data
  • Questionnaires
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological/*etiology/pathol
  • Sexuality/*physiology/psychology

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  • M Byrne

  • S Doherty

  • A W Murphy

  • H M McGee

  • T Jaarsma

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