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Evaluation of a rural nurse-led clinic for female sexual dysfunction

Authors

  • Catherine Hakanson RN RM MHP PGDipSex,

    Corresponding author
    1. Goldfields Women's Health Care Centre, Western Australia Country Health Service, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia
    2. Goldfields Population Health, Western Australia Country Health Service, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia
    • Correspondence: Ms Catherine Hakanson, FPWA Sexual Health Services, PO Box 141, Northbridge, Western Australia, 6865, Australia. Email: cath.hakanson@fpwa.org.au

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  • Charles Douglas MB. BS MPH FAFPHM,

    1. Goldfields Population Health, Western Australia Country Health Service, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Jeanette Robertson OAM MSc (Nsg Ed) GDipLib& InfSc BSc DipPhysEd RN FCNA,

    1. Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Leanne Lester BSc MAppEpi PhD

    1. Child Health Promotion Research Centre, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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Abstract

Objective

The objective of this study was to explore changes in the sexual function of women who attended a rural nurse-led female sexual dysfunction clinic.

Design

This exploratory study was designed as a one-group pre-test/post-test design from a convenience sample of women attending the clinic.

Setting

The setting was a women's health centre located in regional Western Australia.

Participants

One hundred eleven women aged between 18 and 65 years were recruited from clinic attendees.

Main outcome measure(s)

The Australian version of the validated McCoy Female Sexuality Questionnaire was completed before the first appointment (T0), and 1 (T1) and 6 months (T2) after the last appointment.

Results

Women attending the clinic reported significant increases in sexual desire, satisfaction and orgasm quality and achievement at 1 and 6 months after their last appointment. There was also a significant increase in satisfaction with their main sexual partner at 6 months.

Conclusions

This study confirmed the value of an innovative approach to managing female sexual dysfunction in a rural area with workforce shortages and limited health services. It is recommended that care by a nurse-led multidisciplinary team be used in the management of sexual dysfunction. Further research is needed to see if this model of care would be effective in other settings.

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