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Research Article  |   February 1988
Professional Involvement in Sexuality Counseling for Patients With Spinal Cord Injuries
Author Affiliations
  • Paul P. Novak, MS, OTR, is Assistant Manager and Education Coordinator, Occupational Therapy Department, Sunnyview Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, Schenectady, New York 12308
  • Marlys M. Mitchell, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor, Occupational Therapy Division, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Article Information
Neurologic Conditions / Spinal Cord Injury / Features
Research Article   |   February 1988
Professional Involvement in Sexuality Counseling for Patients With Spinal Cord Injuries
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1988, Vol. 42, 105-112. doi:10.5014/ajot.42.2.105
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1988, Vol. 42, 105-112. doi:10.5014/ajot.42.2.105
Abstract

A national survey was conducted to determine how occupational therapists and rehabilitation nurses conduct sexuality counseling in practice settings with spinal cord–injured patients. A review of the literature and results from the survey demonstrated a high priority concern for sexuality counseling in the total rehabilitation of the spinal cord–injured patient; however, many of the professionals surveyed did not conduct sexuality counseling as part of their job. This study provides data comparing the sexuality counseling approach taken by these two disciplines and identifies ways to eliminate the incongruities between recommendations made in the literature and actual clinical practice.