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Is sexuality a problem?: A follow-up of patients with severe burns 6 months to 7 years after injury
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, University Hospital.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, University Hospital.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5523-8126
2015 (English)In: Burns, ISSN 0305-4179, E-ISSN 1879-1409, Vol. 41, no 7, 1572-1578 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


This is the first study investigating sexuality from 6 months up to 7 years after burn. The aim was to examine sexuality in females and males by using the BSHS-B sexuality subscale and to examine possible contributing factors with regard to sociodemographics, burn characteristics, personality traits, and previous psychiatric disorders.


A cohort of 107 patients consecutively admitted to a Swedish national burn center was followed up at 6, 12, and 24 months after burn, and 67 individuals were followed up at 2-7 years after burn. The present study utilized the BSHS-B sexuality subscale, and multiple regression analyses were used to examine possible contributing factors.


Women were less satisfied than men, and sexuality mean scores improved over time, even up to 7 years after-burn, in both men and women. The strongest contributing factors for worse outcome regarding sexuality were a history of psychiatric morbidity, neuroticism and burn severity.


As some patients experience sexual problems after burns, even many years later, it is important to identify these individuals. The BSHS-B sexuality subscale may be used as a screening tool, but more in-depth assessment might be needed to address all aspects of sexuality.

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2015. Vol. 41, no 7, 1572-1578 p.
Keyword [en]
Burn; Sexuality; Burn Specific Health Scale-Brief; Mental disorders; Neuroticism
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Psychiatry; Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-267107DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2015.04.017ISI: 000364248500024PubMedID: 26188893OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-267107DiVA: diva2:872125
Swedish Research CouncilForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2015-11-18 Created: 2015-11-18 Last updated: 2015-12-09Bibliographically approved

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