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Mixed methods evaluation of an interdisciplinary sexuality education programme for staff working with people who have an acquired physical disability.
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PMID:  22348747     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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higgins a., sharek d., nolan m., sheerin b., flanagan p., slaicuinaite s., mc donnell s. & walsh h. (2012) Mixed methods evaluation of an interdisciplinary sexuality education programme for staff working with people who have an acquired physical disability. Journal of Advanced Nursing00(0), 000-000. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2012.05959.x ABSTRACT: Aim.  To report a study evaluating the effectiveness of a 1-day interdisciplinary sexuality education programme for staff working with people with acquired physical disability. Background.  Changes associated with an acquired physical disability can diminish a person's self-esteem, sense of attractiveness, relationships, and sexual functioning. Research suggests that people are dissatisfied with the quality of information and support around sexuality during their rehabilitation. Design.  A mixed methods design was used, involving pretest and posttest questionnaires and interviews. Methods. Questionnaire data were analysed using descriptive statistics and paired samples t-tests to evaluate the effects of the programme on knowledge, skills, and comfort. Interview data were analyzed thematically, with particular emphasis on participants' opinions about the application of the course within practice. Participants were working in the area of acquired disability and rehabilitation, and were drawn from a number of disciplines. Data were collected between 2008-2009. Results.  Comparison of the pre- and postmeasures, based on paired samples t-tests, showed that the programme statistically significantly increased participants' knowledge, skills, and comfort. Participants felt positive and enthusiastic about the programme and reported numerous incidents where they were more willing to raise issues for discussion and create a supportive listening space for patients to talk about their concerns around sexuality. Conclusion.  Providing healthcare practitioners with a 1-day programme leads to positive changes in knowledge, skills, and comfort towards sexuality. Sexuality education may be an ideal topic for bringing practitioners together within an interdisciplinary education context.
Authors:
Agnes Higgins; Danika Sharek; Maeve Nolan; Barbara Sheerin; Paul Flanagan; Sniguole Slaicuinaite; Sinead Mc Donnell; Heather Walsh
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of advanced nursing     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2648     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
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Created Date:  2012-2-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7609811     Medline TA:  J Adv Nurs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Affiliation:
Agnes Higgins PhD RPN RGN, Professor of Mental Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Danika Sharek BA MSc, Research Assistant, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Maeve Nolan BA MA D.Clinpsych, Psychologist, The National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dublin, Ireland Barbara Sheerin MA, Physiotherapist, The Royal Hospital Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland Paul Flanagan, Care Assistant, The Royal Hospital Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland Sniguole Slaicuinaite RGN, Staff Nurse, The Royal Hospital Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland Sinead Mc Donnell BSc RGN, Nurse Practice Development Coordinator, The Royal Hospital Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland Heather Walsh Dip.OT, Occupational Therapist, The Royal Hospital Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland.
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