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Is sexuality a problem?: a follow-up of patients with severe burns 6 months to 7 years after injury
Uppsala universitet.
Uppsala universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5523-8126
2015 (English)In: Burns, ISSN 0305-4179, E-ISSN 1879-1409, Vol. 41, no 7, 1572-1578 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose and aims: This is the first study investigating sexuality from 6 months up to 7 years after burn. The aim was to examine sexuality in females and males by using the BSHS-B sexuality subscale and to examine possible contributing factors with regard to sociodemographics, burn characteristics, personality traits, and previous psychiatric disorders.

Methods: A cohort of 107 patients consecutively admitted to a Swedish national burn center was followed up at 6, 12, and 24 months after burn, and 67 individuals were followed up at 2-7 years after burn. The present study utilized the BSHS-B sexuality subscale, and multiple regression analyses were used to examine possible contributing factors.

Results: Women were less satisfied than men, and sexuality mean scores improved over time, even up to 7 years after-burn, in both men and women. The strongest contributing factors for worse outcome regarding sexuality were a history of psychiatric morbidity, neuroticism and burn severity.

Conclusions: As some patients experience sexual problems after burns, even many years later, it is important to identify these individuals. The BSHS-B sexuality subscale may be used as a screening tool, but more in-depth assessment might be needed to address all aspects of sexuality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 41, no 7, 1572-1578 p.
Keyword [en]
Burn, Sexuality, Burn Specific Health Scale-Brief, Mental disorders, Neuroticism
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Psychiatry
Research subject
Psychiatry; Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-6259DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2015.04.017ISI: 000364248500024PubMedID: 26188893OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-6259DiVA: diva2:1136846
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Swedish Research CouncilForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2015-11-18 Created: 2017-08-29 Last updated: 2017-08-30

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