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Sexuality 

Sexuality
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Sexuality
Author(s):

Marianne Matzo

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199332342.003.0024
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date: 12 November 2018

Healthcare practitioners should assume a leading role in the assessment and remediation of potential or identified alterations in sexual functioning. Not all couples will be concerned about their sexual health at this point of their life together. However, people may find that being physically close to the one they love is life-affirming and comforting. Assessment of sexual health should occur for all patients to determine whether these needs and hopes include maintenance of their sexual health. The healthcare practitioner’s offer of information and support can make a significant difference in a couple’s ability to adjust to the changes in sexual health during end-of-life care.

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