Elaine E . Steinke

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2075 After a cardiovascular event, patients and their families often cope with numerous changes in their lives, including dealing with consequences of the disease or its treatment on their daily lives and functioning. Coping poorly with both physical and psychological challenges may lead to impaired quality of life. Sexuality is one aspect of quality of(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) describe anxiety, fears, and other psychosocial issues, although sexual concerns are not well understood. PURPOSE The purpose of this descriptive study was to explore the experiences of patients and partners with return to sexual activity post-ICD implantation. PARTICIPANTS(More)
Individuals experiencing a chronic illness have many needs and concerns. One area frequently overlooked is that of intimacy. Those experiencing cardiovascular illnesses have concerns about the strain of sexual activity on their heart. Individuals with lung diseases may perceive that sexual activity is no longer possible because of breathing difficulties.(More)
Two studies using separate samples sought to explore differences among male and female elders on their knowledge, attitudes, and sexual behaviour using a nonexperimental approach. Two different samples from separate health and wellness groups were surveyed using the Aging Sexual Knowledge and Attitude Scale (White 1982). Additional data were collected on(More)
After a cardiovascular event, patients and their families often cope with numerous changes in their lives, including dealing with consequences of the disease or its treatment on their daily lives and functioning. Coping poorly with both physical and psychological challenges may lead to impaired quality of life. Sexuality is one aspect of quality of life(More)
Myocardial infarction patients often have unanswered questions about resuming sexual activity after this life-threatening event. Critical care nurses can play a pivotal role in educating patients in this sensitive area. However, sexual counseling is an area of nursing that is frequently neglected. The authors assessed comfort and responsibility levels and(More)
A two-group randomized clinical trial was used to test the hypothesis that patients with myocardial infarction (MI) who receive both written instructions and a videotape to view at home will have greater knowledge, better quality of life, less anxiety, greater sexual satisfaction, and will resume sexual activity more quickly than will those who receive(More)
Sexual function is often affected in individuals living with chronic illness and their partners, and multiple comorbidities increase the likelihood of sexual dysfunction. This review focuses on the areas of cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions, and cancer, all areas for which there are practical, evidence-based strategies to guide sexual(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac patients may experience problems with sexual activity as a result of their disease, medications or anxiety and nurses play an important role in sexual counselling. We studied the practice, responsibility and confidence of cardiac nurses in the sexual counselling of these patients. METHOD An adapted version of the nurses' survey of(More)