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

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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 (x2 = 37.85, p

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  • *cardiac patient
  • *heart rehabilitation
  • *sexual dysfunction
  • adult
  • aged
  • anxiety
  • article
  • correlation analysis
  • erectile dysfunction
  • female
  • health service
  • human
  • logistic regression analysis
  • major clinical study
  • male
  • patient education
  • patient preference
  • patient satisfaction
  • personal experience
  • priority journal
  • psychological well being
  • risk factor
  • sex difference
  • sexual behavior
  • sexual counseling
  • sexual satisfaction
  • sexuality

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  • Byrne M.

  • Doherty S.

  • Murphy A.W.

  • McGee H.M.

  • Jaarsma T.

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