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J Sex Med. 2014 Feb;11(2):321-9. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12402. Epub 2013 Nov 22.

Surrogate partner therapy: ethical considerations in sexual medicine.

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Sex Therapy and Physical Therapy, Inner Stability, Ltd., Bet Shemesh, Israel.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Surrogate partner therapy (SPT) is a controversial and often misunderstood practice.

AIM:

The aim of this study was to review the history and evidence-based literature regarding SPT, describe and provide a model for ethical SPT practice, and present two case examples illustrating ethical concerns.

METHODS:

Literature review and report of clinical experience were the methods used.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

Results of literature review and clinical experience were assessed for this study.

RESULTS:

Sex therapy pioneers Masters and Johnson introduced surrogacy in sex therapy; however, there is a lack of published evidence supporting treatment efficacy and ethico-legal questions have limited the practice from becoming a common intervention. SPT can be an effective intervention that may enhance sexual medicine practice. However, SPT must be offered according to legal, professional, and ethical standards.

CONCLUSIONS:

Sexual medicine practitioners should consider SPT based on the ethical paradigms offered, and sex therapy practices utilizing SPT should collect and publish outcome data.

KEYWORDS:

Ethics; Sex Therapy; Surrogate Partner Therapy

PMID:
24261932
DOI:
10.1111/jsm.12402
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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