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Addressing patients sexuality - a survey of Danish health professionals attitudes, beliefs and practice

Stokholm, MK1; Skovsgaard, RK1; Maimburg, RD1; Laursen, BS2

1: Aarhus Universityhospital, Denmark; 2: Aalborg Universitetshospital, Denmark

Objectives: To explore multidisciplinary health professionals’ attitudes towards and experience with addressing patients disease-related sexual issues at a University hospital in Denmark. Including the effect of relevant education on barriers towards these issues.

Material and Methods: A self-constructed questionnaire including SABS (Sexuality Attitudes and Beliefs Survey) and a modified version of a questionnaire from a Norwegian multidisciplinary study, was administrated to 836 nurses, doctors and midwives across 7 different wards at Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.

Results: 97,3% of all the respondents (n=385, 46% response rate) considered the subject sexuality relevant in the treatment offered to patients within their field. 88% of midwifes replied to a large extend. Lack of time was the main barrier towards addressing the issue. Midwives had significantly fewer barriers towards addressing patients sexuality compared to nurses (p<0,001) and doctors (p<0,001). 18% of the respondents had relevant education within sexuality. Health professionals with relevant education had significantly fewer barriers (p<0,001) and addressed sexuality more frequently than those without. 65% of the health professionals identified a need for relevant education.

Conclusions: Danish health professionals find sexuality relevant within patient care. Relevant education is significantly effective on reducing barriers and is according to the health professionals needed within all fields.

Disclosure:

Work supported by industry: no.

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