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Int J Older People Nurs. 2007 Mar;2(1):69-75. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-3743.2007.00050.x.

Barriers to the expression of sexuality in the older person: the role of the health professional.

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Research Officer, Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care (ACEBAC), La Trobe University/Bundoora Extended Care Centre, Vic., AustraliaLecturer, Gerontic Nursing Clinical School, Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care (ACEBAC), La Trobe University/Bundoora Extended Care Centre, Vic., AustraliaDirector, Gerontic Nursing Clinical School and Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care (ACEBAC), La Trobe University/Bundoora Extended Care Centre, Vic., Australia.

Abstract

Sexuality is an important contributing factor to quality of life and sense of well-being. All adults have the right to express their sexuality, regardless of their age. Research indicates, however, that older people frequently experience barriers to the expression of their sexuality. Many of these barriers are influenced by the health professionals and services that care for them. This paper will outline these barriers and identify strategies that the healthcare professional can implement to help improve practice in this area.

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