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J Sex Med. 2014 Dec;11(12):2955-65. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12706. Epub 2014 Sep 19.

Sexual Dysfunction Management and Expectations Assessment in Multiple Sclerosis-Female (SEA-MS-F): creation and validation of a specific questionnaire.

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Neuro-Urology Department, Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris, Tenon Hospital, Paris, France.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Until now, no questionnaire has been developed to study specific expectations concerning sexual dysfunction management and the availability of information on sexuality in the female population affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). Understanding and meeting the patient's expectations is an issue of considerable importance in the evaluation of medical care.

AIM AND MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

We present the development and validation of a specific questionnaire designed for women with MS in order to assess their expectations in terms of sexual dysfunction management: the SEA-MS-F (Sexual Dysfunction Management and Expectations Assessment in Multiple Sclerosis-Female).

METHODS:

This questionnaire was created and validated by an expert panel, using the Delphi method. The psychometric evaluation was obtained with a sample of 40 female MS patients. Cronbach's alpha index and principal component analysis were used to measure the questionnaire's internal consistency.

RESULTS:

A consensus on the questionnaire was reached with the Delphi method. The SEA-MS-F is fully compliant with the criteria for psychometric validation among female MS patients, and its internal consistency is excellent (Cronbach's alpha 0.948).

CONCLUSION:

The SEA-MS-F appears to be a useful tool that could be used either in routine medical situations or in prospective studies of MS in order to ascertain women's expectations concerning the management of their sexual dysfunction.

KEYWORDS:

Delphi Method; Expectations; Multiple Sclerosis; Questionnaire; Sexual Dysfunction; Women

PMID:
25238639
DOI:
10.1111/jsm.12706
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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