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Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 189–195 | Cite as

The Experience of Four Individuals with Paraplegia Enrolled in an Outpatient Interdisciplinary Sexuality Program

  • Marika J. HessEmail author
  • Sigmund Hough
  • Elizabeth Tammaro
Original Paper

Abstract

Spinal cord injury has a significant impact on an individual’s physical, emotional, as well as sexual functioning. Four consecutive males with spinal cord injury were referred to the outpatient spinal cord injury sexuality program at an urban Veterans Affairs Medical Center and seen by an interdisciplinary team comprised of a nurse, physician and psychologist. They felt that their questions had been answered and their emotional well-being had been appropriately addressed in a respectful environment and effective process. Results suggest that availability of continued access to counseling regarding sexually related issues is very important and that patients can benefit from an interdisciplinary approach in addressing functional and emotional needs.

Keywords

Spinal cord injury Paraplegia Sexuality program Interdisciplinary 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marika J. Hess
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sigmund Hough
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Elizabeth Tammaro
    • 1
  1. 1.Spinal Cord Injury Service (SCI #128)VA Boston Healthcare SystemWest RoxburyUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Psychology ServiceVA Boston Healthcare SystemWest RoxburyUSA

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