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dc.contributor.authorBryant, Chloe
dc.contributor.authorGustafsson, Louise
dc.contributor.authorAplin, Tammy
dc.contributor.authorSetchell, Jenny
dc.description.abstractPurpose: There has been a significant focus on medical interventions to improve sexual function and support other aspects of sexuality after spinal cord injury. However, it is not well understood what non-medical approaches are described within existing literature. This study sought to identify, summarise and describe existing literature on non-medical approaches to sexuality following spinal cord injury. Method: This scoping review included studies identified by systematic searching of 10 databases. Findings were thematically analysed in order to summarise and report the results. Results: Thirty articles met the inclusion criteria. Three themes were identified, including: the importance of individuality and timing, the health care professional role, and, provision of non-medical interventions and strategies. Analyses suggested the importance of providing individualised client-centred care and utilising a team approach. Many non-medical interventions and strategies were identified; however, most studies discussed that information provided and/or access to information is limited. Conclusion: Although non-medical approaches may be used in practice, provision of support appears to be limited with no consistent approach. Practice implications include the importance of addressing individualised factors, broadening scope of practice, and increasing the resources available for clients and professionals.Implications for rehabilitation Non-medical approaches to support sexuality after a spinal cord injury exist, however, there appears to be no consistent approach. Individualised person-centred care which addresses personal factors and includes intimate partners is essential when supporting sexuality. The health care professional team should seek to address the wider understanding of sexuality which extends beyond a purely medical focus. More sexuality resources and training should be available for both people with spinal cord injuries and health care professionals.
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis Group
dc.relation.ispartofjournalDisability and Rehabilitation
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHealth sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchClinical sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBiomedical and clinical sciences
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technology
dc.subject.keywordsLife Sciences & Biomedicine
dc.subject.keywordsAccess to information
dc.subject.keywordsdelivery of health care
dc.titleSupporting sexuality after spinal cord injury: a scoping review of non-medical approaches
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationBryant, C; Gustafsson, L; Aplin, T; Setchell, J, Supporting sexuality after spinal cord injury: a scoping review of non-medical approaches, Disability and Rehabilitation, 2021
gro.description.notepublicThis publication has been entered in Griffith Research Online as an advanced online version.
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gro.griffith.authorGustafsson, Louise

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