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Sexual dysfunction and schizophrenia: psychiatrists' attitudes and training needs

  • Romanus Ndubueze Nnaji (a1) and Trevor Friedman (a2)
Abstract
Aims and Method

We conducted a survey of the knowledge, attitudes and practices of sexual dysfunction and schizophrenia of general adult psychiatrists in Leicestershire and Lincolnshire mental health trusts.

Results

Two-thirds of psychiatrists that we interviewed do not routinely enquire about sexual dysfunction in their patients and only 17% felt competent in assessing sexual dysfunction, despite 88% agreeing that good sexual function is important to patients. Most practitioners (81.6%) have had no training in this area and wanted some.

Clinical Implications

Sexual dysfunction is underrecognised and possibly under-treated; suggestions on how to address this are made in this paper.

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Sexual dysfunction and schizophrenia: psychiatrists' attitudes and training needs

  • Romanus Ndubueze Nnaji (a1) and Trevor Friedman (a2)
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