Do they, or don't they _ Do nurses in urology and in the field of continence consultation integrate sexual health issues in their daily routine? Self-assessment-survey-results from the annual national meeting
IUGA Academy. Ucsnik L. Jun 30, 2018; 212949; 323 Topic: Sexual Dysfunction
Lucia Ucsnik
Lucia Ucsnik

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Do they, or don't they - Do nurses in urology and in the field of continence consultation integrate sexual health issues in their daily routine? Self-assessment-survey-results from the annual national meeting

Ucsnik, L1

1: Medical University Vienna

Introduction: Little is known whether nurses in urology as well as continence consultants do address sexual health issue while caring for the patients in daily routine. Sexual health is closely linked to incontinence: once a patient is incontinent, the patient socially engages less and is less sexually active due to reduced mobility, social isolation and sexual activity.

Methods: At the annual national meeting of nurses in urology the nurses who participated in the meeting were invited to participate in a survey self-assessing the integration of sexual health issues in daily care. 16 nurses out of 92 congress-participated joined the survey.

Results: The majority of this survey’s participants were female (88%) and aged mainly between 21 and 30 years and between 41 and 50 years with clinical experience between 10 and 20 years (31%) and more than 20 years (38%). Most of them worked in public hospitals (38%) and practice (38%). 38% asked up to 20% of the patients about sexual health issues, 19% of the nurses did not ask the patients at all. Each 31% were asked by 1-20% and 41-50% of the patients about their troubled sexual health. 94% assumed that at least 20% of the patients had sexual problems but did not address these problems. The nurses assumed that lack of time, patients’ barrier of language as well as patients’ culture (50%) and patients’ age (38%) were reasons why the patients didn’t bring up the topic of sexual problems. Causes to address sexual health issues actively towards the patients were rated: “concrete diagnoses”, before surgery” and “andro/menopause” (each 69%) as well as after surgery (50%). The nurses stated that the success of treatment was decreased by: the patients’ culture, doctors’ lack of time (each 56%), patients’ age (50%) and lack of sexual medicine qualification (38%).

Conclusions: Nurses in urology and continence consultants participating in this survey were mainly female. They mainly worked in the public health care system and were professionally long-time experienced. There was awareness that patients do have troubled sexual health, but the topic was inspite of this not addressed. There’s a need for sexual medicine qualification was expressed which could also as a consequence increase the success of patients’ treatment. Especially sexual health in the ageing population as well as diversity aspects such as culture, religion and nationality should be integrated in the sexual medicine training for nurses in urology and continence consultants.


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