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Lived Experiences of Sex Life Difficulties in Men and Women with Early RA - The Swedish TIRA Project.
Department of Social Work, School of Health Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Rehabilitation Center. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Community Medicine. Department of Rehabilitation, School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1607-187X
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Rehabilitation Center.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Region Östergötland, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Rehabilitation in Central County. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Community Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
2015 (English)In: Musculoskeletal Care, ISSN 1478-2189, E-ISSN 1557-0681, Vol. 13, no 4, 248-257 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Men and women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) experience restrictions in everyday life, in spite of the development of new medications. Recent research has described in detail how participation limitations are experienced in everyday life from a patient perspective. However, knowledge of how sex and intimate relationships are affected is still scarce.

OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to explore sex life experiences in relation to sexual function and sexual relationships in men and women with early RA.

METHODS: The study formed part of TIRA-2 (the Swedish acronym for the prospective multicentre early arthritis project). The data collection included 45 interviews with 21 men and 24 women, aged 20-63, which were recorded and transcribed verbatim. The critical incident technique was used to collect data, and content analysis to categorize the results.

RESULTS: Half the participants stated that RA affected their sex life. The general descriptions formed five categories: sex life and tiredness; sex life and ageing; emotional consequences of impaired sexual function; facilitators of sexual function and sexual relationships; and strain on the sexual relationship.

CONCLUSIONS: Sex life is affected in early RA, in spite of new effective treatment strategies. New strategies of communication, assessment and self-managing interventions concerning the sex lives of patients with RA need to be implemented by a multidisciplinary healthcare team. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. Vol. 13, no 4, 248-257 p.
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Sex life; patient perspective; quality of life; rehabilitation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-126434DOI: 10.1002/msc.1105PubMedID: 26052885OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-126434DiVA: diva2:914567
Available from: 2016-03-24 Created: 2016-03-24 Last updated: 2017-11-30

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