Rheumatic diseases and sexuality: Disease impact and self-management strategies.

  title={Rheumatic diseases and sexuality: Disease impact and self-management strategies.},
  author={Ylva Helland and Ingvild Kjeken and Eldri Steen and Tore Kristian Kvien and M. Hauge and Hanne S Dagfinrud},
  journal={Arthritis care & research},
  volume={63 5},
OBJECTIVE To explore how intimate relationships and sexuality are influenced by rheumatic diseases and to describe self-management strategies used to manage disease consequences. METHODS To ensure that data were grounded in patients' language and experiences, individual and focus group interviews were conducted. Purposeful sampling was used to ensure variation in age, sex, disease duration, diagnosis, and marital status among the informants. Participants were men and women ages 18 years or… CONTINUE READING
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