Social support for female sexual dysfunction in fibromyalgia

Granero-Molina, José, Matarín Jimenez, Tamara María, Ramos Rodríguez, Carmen, Hernández-Padilla, José Manuel, Castro-Sánchez, Adelaida Maria and Fernández-Sola, Cayetano (2018) Social support for female sexual dysfunction in fibromyalgia. Clinical Nursing Research, 27 (3). pp. 296-314. ISSN 1054-7738

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The aim of this study is to describe and understand experiences related to social support for women with fibromyalgia who suffer from sexual dysfunction. An interpretive qualitative research methodology based on Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics was used. Data collection included a focus group and in-depth interviews with 13 women who averaged 44.8 years of age and 14.3 years since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Data were analyzed using Fleming’s method and two themes were identified: “searching for understanding in socio-family support” and “lack of formal support regarding fibromyalgia patient’s sexuality.” The partner constitutes the main support for women with fibromyalgia. Although they can find understanding and social support in patient associations, they lack formal support from health care professionals. Women demand trusted and expert professionals, like sexologists and nurses, to carry out a multidisciplinary approach to tackle sexual dysfunction associated with fibromyalgia.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article first published online: November 8, 2016
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 20946
Notes on copyright: This is an author accepted manuscript version of the article; José Granero-Molina, Tamara María Matarín Jiménez, Carmen Ramos Rodríguez, José Manuel Hernández-Padilla, Adelaida María Castro-Sánchez, and Cayetano Fernández-Sola, Social Support for Female Sexual Dysfunction in Fibromyalgia, Clinical Nursing Research, Vol 27, Issue 3, pp. 296 - 314. Copyright © 2016 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2016 11:05
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 13:45

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