Effectiveness of a videotape for sexual counseling after myocardial infarction

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Steinke, Elaine E.
Swan, James H.

Research in nursing & health. 2004 Aug; 27(4): 269-80.


A two-group randomized clinical trial was used to test the hypothesis that patients with myocardial infarction (MI) who receive both written instructions and a videotape to view at home will have greater knowledge, better quality of life, less anxiety, greater sexual satisfaction, and will resume sexual activity more quickly than will those who receive written instructions alone. The participants, 115 patients diagnosed with an MI, were pretested in the hospital and followed at home at 1, 3, and 5 months. The intervention was an educational videotape on return to sexual activity. Significant improvements in knowledge were found for the experimental group at 1 month. The videotape intervention provides an alternative method for education to facilitate recovery post-MI.

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