Conflict of Interest Statement The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest.
A Social-Cognitive Sexual Counseling Intervention Post-MI—Development and Pilot Testing
Article first published online: 12 JUL 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 49, Issue 3, pages 162–170, July 2013
How to Cite
Steinke, E. E., Mosack, V., Hertzog, J. and Wright, D. W. (2013), A Social-Cognitive Sexual Counseling Intervention Post-MI—Development and Pilot Testing. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 49: 162–170. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2012.00345.x
- Issue published online: 3 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 12 JUL 2012
- First Received March 13, 2012; Final Revision received May 15, 2012; Accepted for publication May 29, 2012.
- Myocardial infarction;
- sexual activity;
- sexual counseling;
- social-cognitive theory
PURPOSE: Individuals experiencing myocardial infarction (MI) report anxiety, depression, diminished quality of life (QOL), and reduced sexual activity.
DESIGN AND METHODS: We examined return to sexual activity post-MI, and pilot tested a comprehensive sexual counseling intervention based on social-cognitive theory. The intervention in this pretest/posttest preexperimental study used an informational video, newsletters, and telephone counseling, with cardiac patients (N= 10) and partners (N= 3). Measures included QOL; knowledge; sexual anxiety, depression, self-efficacy, and satisfaction.
FINDINGS: At 8 weeks, only 60% had returned to sexual activity, with low QOL and sexual satisfaction for patients and partners.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Supportive interventions by nurses are needed to assist MI patients and partners return to sexual activity.