Critically Appraised Topic
What is the role of occupational therapist when working with people with spinal cord injury and sexual health?
Clinical Bottom Line
Sexual activity is an activity of daily living. Overwhelming research finds that intimacy and sexual health is very important when clients are asked about quality of life. Education and training for practitioners is necessary to increase knowledge and comfort talking about sexual issues with clients and their families. This includes talking with patients whose sexual orientation may be different then the therapist. Current surveys and measures can help initiate the conversation between the OT and the clients.
Secter, Emily, "Sexual Health and Spinal Cord Injury" (2010). Physical Function CATs. 24.