Beyond Sexual Assessment: Lessons Learned from Couples Post Radical Prostatectomy
Article first published online: 24 MAY 2005
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume 13, Issue 11, pages 511–516, November 2001
How to Cite
Monturo, C. A., Rogers, P. D., Coleman, M., Robinson, J. P. and Pickett, M. (2001), Beyond Sexual Assessment: Lessons Learned from Couples Post Radical Prostatectomy. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 13: 511–516. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2001.tb00017.x
- Issue published online: 24 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 24 MAY 2005
- erectile dysfunction;
- sexual counseling
To share selected experiences of advanced practice nurses (APNs) who implemented a home-based nursing protocol related to psychosexual function for couples following radical surgery for prostate cancer.
Selected research-based articles, the PLISSIT Model for sexual rehabilitation counseling, and the authors' experiences.
Five lessons related to communicating about sexuality and intimacy were synthesized from the experience, including examining knowledge and selfawareness regularly, using a structured interview guide to facilitate the process, developing a trusting relationship with the couple, attending to verbal and nonverbal cues, and providing information about the full range of sexual expression.
Implications for Practice
Include an assessment of sexual health as an integral part of a general health assessment. Patients do not generally volunteer information about their sexual concerns unless the subject is introduced by the APN.