Acceptability of Health Professionals’ Address of Sexuality and Erectile Dysfunction - A Qualitative

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In the developing phase of the complex health intervention: Physical Activity to
reduce Vascular Erectile Dysfunction (PAVED), it is crucial to explore whether men can accept the communicative component regarding information that regular aerobe Physical Activity can reduce Erectile Dysfunction (i-PAVED). This information is provided by health professionals in cardiac rehabilitation, where sexuality issues such as erectile dysfunction (ED) are otherwise rarely addressed.
To explore how acceptance of cardiac HPs’ address of sexuality, ED and i-PAVED
can be identified in men’s narratives.
In this descriptive qualitative study, we conducted semi-structured individual
interviews with 20 men (range 48-78 years of age) attending municipal cardiac
secondary prevention and rehabilitation programmes on their acceptance of health professionals’ address of sexuality, ED and i-PAVED. The Theoretical Framework of Acceptability (TFA) components (affective attitude, burden, ethicality, intervention coherence, perceived effectiveness, opportunity costs and self-efficacy) and three temporal perspectives (retrospective, concurrent and prospective) were used in the concept-driven first step of a content analysis, which was followed by a thematically data-driven second step.
Main Outcome Measures: Men’s anticipated and experiential acceptance was
identified in six out of seven components of TFA.
Men’s acceptance was identified as ‘expression of interest’, ‘not bothersome, yet a potentially emotional effort’, ‘in harmony with men’s attitudes and values’,
‘understandable and meaningful’, ‘better understanding’ and ‘self-care and
motivation’, whereas no narratives were identified in relation to the component of opportunity costs.
As an aspect of the development of the complex cardiovascular health care
intervention PAVED, this qualitative study showed that men attending cardiac
secondary prevention and rehabilitation seemed to prospectively accept the
communicative component of PAVED being health professionals’ address of
sexuality, ED and i-PAVED, if health professionals are professional, educated and
competent in the field of sexual health.
Periode2 okt. 2021
BegivenhedstitelNACS 2021 - 43rd Annual Conference Intersectionality in the Field of Sexuality
PlaceringReykjavík, Island
Grad af anerkendelseInternational


  • Sundhed, ernæring og livskvalitet
  • erektil dysfunktion