Beyond sexual assessment: Lessons learned from couples post radical prostatectomy

Cheryl A. Monturo, Patricia D. Rogers, Meghan Coleman, Joanne P. Robinson, Mary Pickett

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PURPOSE: 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. DATA SOURCES: Selected research-based articles, the PLISSIT Model for sexual rehabilitation counseling, and the authors' experiences. CONCLUSIONS: Five lessons related to communicating about sexuality and intimacy were synthesized from the experience, including examining knowledge and self-awareness 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)511-516
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Nursing


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