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This qualitative study aimed to explain the experience of nephrology nurses’ providing counseling on sexual issues for chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. The participants included 20 nephrology nurses. Data were collected by using individual in-depth interview between April and June 2016. Data were analyzed using van Manen’s method.
The findings revealed the experience of nephrology nurses’ providing counseling on sexual issues for CKD patients consisted of four themes. These themes included: 1) Sexual issues are not the first counselingproblems, as nephrology nurses provided counseling focused on dialysis treatments and critical care, 2) Sexualissues used to initiate counseling depend on trust, if patients have trust in the nephrology nurses they will discuss their sexual issues with them, 3) Counseling provided depends on the patient’s needs related to sexualissues, including consultation related to sexual issues and separation from spouse, and 4) Changing in attitude to ensure sexual problems are not overlooked, as nephrology nurses realize that CKD patients face sexual issues.
The findings of this study form principle knowledge for nephrology nurses in providing counselingon sexual problems for CKD patients. In addition, the results of this study help nephrology nurses tounderstand and enhance quality of care in CKD patients related to sexual health issues.
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