Kommunikation om sexuell hälsa
: Ur ett sjuksköterske- och patientperspektiv

Translated title of the thesis: Communication about sexual health: A nurse and patient perspective
  • Pierre Nyborg
  • Anette Widén

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Background: Sexuality is an important part of being human, but it is also vulnerable to disease. Health services should have a holistic view of man which also includes taking account of the sexual health. The purpose of this study was to illuminate the patient's and nurse's perspective on communication about sexual health during sickness. The result were based on 13 peer reviewed articles published during 2000-2010 and showed that the patients were dissatisfied with the communication, and had a greater need for it than they where given. The patients wanted the nurse to initiate communication about sexual health. The nurse however experienced a number of barriers to communication and prioritised patient's sexual health much lower than the patient did. Barriers were embarrassment, attitude and lack of resources such as time constraints and lack of knowledge. Discussion: It is the nurse's responsibility to communicate about sexual health and the lack of commuication affects the patient's care needs which therefore are not met. Embarrassments were the major cause why not the nurse addressed the sexual health. The conclusion was that communication about sexual health was more important for the patient than the nurse supposed. To compensate such a relationship there is a need to educate the nurse in sexual health communication to overcome embarrassments and that the nurse should give higher priority to sexual health.

    Date of Award2010-Aug-02
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorBirgitta Johansson (Supervisor)

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Nursing (30305)


    • sexual health
    • communication
    • patient
    • nurse

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