Attend this session for “news you can use” in patient education. It is recognized that ostomy surgery has an effect on intimacy and sexuality. Patients and their partners often hesitate to ask members of their care team questions pertaining to sexuality and seek information from other sources that can be less reliable. This session will give guidance for initiating a therapeutic discussion on intimacy and sexuality and provide some limited information to confidently pass along to both patient and partner.
Initiate discussions pertaining to the sexual concerns of the patient with an ostomy; identify situations for which specific suggestions for intimacy or referral for more intensive therapy are indicated.