Exploring nurses' perceptions of providing sexual health counseling for patients with cardiac disease: Implications for evidence-based interventions

Susan Ann Barnason, Elaine Steinke, Victoria Mosack, David W. Wright

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After an acute cardiac event, such as a myocardial infarction, patients often experience anxiety and fear associated with resuming normal activities, including sexual relationships and sexual functioning. However, patients' needs for psychosocial support and sexual health counseling are often not adequately addressed. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine nurses' perceptions of providing sexual health education and counseling for patients experiencing a myocardial infarction. Findings from this study serve as a basis for deriving implications to improve clinical practices by nurses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-198
Number of pages8
JournalDimensions of Critical Care Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013



  • Cardiac disease
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Nurses perceptions of patient education and counseling
  • Sexual health counseling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency
  • Critical Care

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