Nurses’ attitudes towards the sexuality of colorectal patients
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Nurses’ attitudes towards the sexuality of colorectal patients

Marie Beck Colorectal nurse specialist, Lincoln County Hospital, Lincoln
David Justham Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of Nottingham, Lincoln

This article reviews the literature on nurses’ attitudes towards sexuality and highlights a range of studies carried out on functional outcomes following colorectal surgery. The article provides nurses with an insight into colorectal cancer, the prevalence of sexual dysfunction in men and women following colorectal surgery and the importance of addressing the various aspects of sexuality in a sensitive manner to provide patients with holistic care.

Nursing Standard. 23, 31,44-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.04.23.31.44.c6933

Correspondence

marie.beck@hotmail.com

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review