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The impact of inflammatory bowel disease on sexual health in men: A scoping review.

Ma, S., Veysey, M., Ersser, S. J. and Galdas, P., 2020. The impact of inflammatory bowel disease on sexual health in men: A scoping review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 29 (19-20), 3638-3651.

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DOI: 10.1111/jocn.15418


AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To review the literature on the impact of inflammatory bowel disease on the sexual health of men, and make recommendations for nursing practice and research. BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic condition of the gastrointestinal tract, causing symptoms that may impact upon sexual health. Specialist nurses are well positioned to assess and manage sexual health, but there is a lack of clinical guidance, especially in relation to men. DESIGN: A systematic scoping review following the Arksey and O'Malley (2005) framework reported in line with the PRISMA-ScR checklist (Tricco et al. 2018). METHODS: OVID MEDLINE ALL [R], OVID EMBASE [R], OVID PsychINFO, EBSCO CINAHL Complete, The Cochrane Library and ProQuest were searched. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied independently by two reviewers. Data was extracted, charted and summarised from eligible studies. RESULTS: Thirty-one studies met the inclusion criteria. These were synthesised under three categories: mediators, moderators, and descriptors of sexual health. Depression, disease activity and surgery were the most commonly cited disease-related factors to affect sexual health in men. The most commonly used assessment tool was The International Index of Erectile Function. Descriptors of function included; frequency of intercourse, libido and the ability to maintain a desired sexual role. CONCLUSIONS: The effect of inflammatory bowel disease on sexual health in men involves a complex interaction of physical and psychosocial factors. Researchers must explore areas outside of erectile function to understand how the disease impacts sexuality, sexual well-being and masculinity. This can be achieved through qualitative exploration of patient, partner and health professional experiences. Relevance to clinical practice A holistic nursing assessment of men with inflammatory bowel disease should include sexual health. Developing understanding of how the disease influences sexual interaction and expression will facilitate support that is relevant, accessible and of value to men living with the disease.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:body image and sexuality ; erectile dysfunction ; literature review ; men’s health ; sexual health ; ulcerative colitis scoping review
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:34314
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:21 Jul 2020 14:44
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:23


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