Sexuality after burn in Brazil: survey of burn health-care workers

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2011-12-01
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Piccolo, Monica Sarto [UNIFESP]
Daher, Ricardo Piccolo [UNIFESP]
Gragnani, Alfredo [UNIFESP]
Ferreira, Lydia Masako [UNIFESP]
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Patients who survive a major burn must live with emotional and physical sequela. in a literature review, we found that sexuality concerns of burn victims are rarely a focus of therapy. After suggestions from Rimmer et al. [12], using their questionnaire translated into Portuguese, we held a survey of burn-care professionals at the VII Brazilian Burn Congress.More than 120 practitioners from 41 centres, aged in average 41.2 years (1 standard deviation 10.96), completed the survey. A proportion of 63.7% were female, and 58.1% were Caucasians; 37.1% were physicians, 20.9% nurse practitioners and 16.9 were occupational therapists/physical therapists (OTs/PT)s. Psychologists made up 3.2%. Only 28% of the respondents felt comfortable in initiating a conversation about sexual intimacy with their patients. the vast majority believed it should be done by the psychologist. Only 38% felt their burn centre did an adequate job in that area. When compared with a study of our country's general population, we find similar results indicating that intimacy, sexuality and sexual intercourse are considered most important in a relationship.There is a significant lack of literature in sexuality after burn; most likely meaning it is ignored by most centres. There is a need for other similar surveys to be performed, as well as a collective consciousness of the need for discussions about sexuality with patients and their partners, providing counselling and treatment, when need. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.
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Burns. Oxford: Elsevier B.V., v. 37, n. 8, p. 1411-1418, 2011.