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A Social-Cognitive Sexual Counseling Intervention Post-MI—Development and Pilot Testing

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  • Elaine E. Steinke PhD, APRN, CNS-BC, FAHA,

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    1. Elaine E. Steinke, PhD, APRN, CNS-BC, FAHA, is a Professor, School of Nursing, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA; Victoria Mosack, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, is an Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA; Jodie Hertzog, PhD, is an Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA; and David W. Wright, PhD, is a Professor, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA.
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  • Victoria Mosack PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC,

    1. Elaine E. Steinke, PhD, APRN, CNS-BC, FAHA, is a Professor, School of Nursing, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA; Victoria Mosack, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, is an Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA; Jodie Hertzog, PhD, is an Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA; and David W. Wright, PhD, is a Professor, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA.
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  • Jodie Hertzog PhD,

    1. Elaine E. Steinke, PhD, APRN, CNS-BC, FAHA, is a Professor, School of Nursing, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA; Victoria Mosack, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, is an Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA; Jodie Hertzog, PhD, is an Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA; and David W. Wright, PhD, is a Professor, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA.
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  • David W. Wright PhD

    1. Elaine E. Steinke, PhD, APRN, CNS-BC, FAHA, is a Professor, School of Nursing, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA; Victoria Mosack, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, is an Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA; Jodie Hertzog, PhD, is an Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA; and David W. Wright, PhD, is a Professor, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA.
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  • Conflict of Interest Statement The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest.

elaine.steinke@wichita.edu, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu

Abstract

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.

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