Talking about sex after traumatic brain injury: perceptions and experiences of multidisciplinary rehabilitation professionals

Dyer, Kerry and das Nair, Roshan (2013) Talking about sex after traumatic brain injury: perceptions and experiences of multidisciplinary rehabilitation professionals. Disability and Rehabilitation, 36 (17). pp. 1431-1438. ISSN 1464-5165

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Purpose: Research indicates that although 50–60% of people who have had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) experience changes in sexual functioning, sexuality issues remain largely unaddressed in rehabilitation. This study aimed to explore rehabilitation professionals’ perceptions and experiences of discussing sexuality with service-users who have had a TBI.

Method: Purposeful sampling was used to recruit 24 participants from two local National Health Service trusts and from a national charity. Four focus groups were conducted with pre-existing groups of professionals, using a semi-structured interview schedule. Focus group data were transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis.

Results: Six main themes were derived from the analysis: (1) sexuality after TBI is a specialist issue; (2) sexuality is a sensitive subject; (3) practicalities of discussing sexuality; (4) roles and responsibilities; (5) dilemmas about risk and vulnerabilities; and (6) organisational and structural issues.

Conclusions: Our findings suggest that a more proactive approach to addressing sexuality issues be taken by incorporating sexuality into assessments and by having sexuality information available for service-users. Support for professionals is also needed in the form of the development of policy, on-going training and supervision.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Disability and Rehabilitation 2014
Keywords: Rehabilitation, Sexuality, Traumatic brain injury
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing
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Depositing User: Dziunka, Patricia
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2016 12:53
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 18:10

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