Understanding Patients' Sexual Problems
Grace Blodgett, author
For many, a person’s sexuality remains a very private issue, and when people are not familiar with sexual terms or have no experience with sexual practices that are different from their own, awkward situations occur. Imagine how uncomfortable it may be for healthcare professionals (HCPs) to discuss sexuality with their patients or support the diverse sexual needs of patients whose behaviors they do not understand or accept. HCPs tend to avoid the patients’ sexual concerns, and while avoidance is not a malicious or conscious act, it happens as a result of their own sexual insecurities and lack of sexual knowledge, time, and confidence in their counseling skills. In Understanding Patients’ Sexual Problems, HCPs might gain a greater understanding of the patients’ sexual needs, concerns, and anxieties. I am an RN of fifty years, experienced at most levels of nursing practice (including 20 years in sexology), with a master’s degree in nursing and a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality.