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Sexuality, Sensuality, and Intimacy in Palliative Care

Les Gallo-Silver

in Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199739110
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199975143 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0024
Sexuality, Sensuality, and Intimacy in Palliative Care

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This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

Sexuality is a key aspect of a person's quality of life and is consistent with the goals of palliative care.

Patients are too often seen as asexual beings with sexual activity being a part of their past but not their future.

Patients can project their rejection of their own bodies onto their partners, believing they will be rejected by them as well.

Partners become desexualized by their anxiety, sadness, and caregiver fatigue.

Helping patients and partners problem solve issues of sexuality can result in increased physical closeness.

Chapter.  8681 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Communication Skills ; Community Medical Services

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