October 2016: Brandstater M & Kim M (2016) The challenge of altered sexual function in stroke survivors undergoing rehabilitation. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 32 (3), 199-203
The occurrence of a stroke brings about an abrupt change in the life situation for the individual and immediate family members. The physical impairments and emotional responses that follow a stroke have profound effects that impact everyday living, interpersonal relationships, intimacy, and sexuality. Numerous studies have shown that individuals report a marked decline in sexual function after a stroke. The focus of this study is on the pathophysiological and emotional factors that contribute to this decline and how these factors are evaluated and managed by health professionals during the phase of early poststroke rehabilitation.