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Br J Nurs. 2004 Jun 24-Jul 7;13(12):710-3.

Sexual counselling by cardiac nurses for patients following an MI.

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  • 1Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, University of Ulster, Londonberry, Northern Ireland.


Myocardial infarction (MI) patients often have unanswered questions about resuming sexual activity after this life-threatening event. Coronary care nurses can play an important role in counselling patients in such a sensitive area. However, sexual counselling is an area of nursing practice that is frequently neglected. This article discusses both the patients' and nurses' perceptions of discussing sexual concerns, and explores ways to increase nurses' awareness so that they can offer sexual counselling to patients post-MI.

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