Communication about Sexuality in COPD (COSY)

It is time to start communication about sexuality, which is an important aspect of quality of life. Based on information in the literature, the results of our survey of patients with COPD and health care professionals (HCP) and the expertise of specialists, we developed a COPD specific instrument (COSY) to facilitate a helpful and comfortable communication and discussion about sexuality. Future research should examine the acceptance of the instrument and the pro and cons for patients and HCP including the instrument into the clinical encounter. A further interesting research question will be to link the two aspects physical activity and sexual activity for example being part of a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) intervention and to test whether communication and counselling about sexuality serves as a motivator for maintaining long-term physical activity in COPD patients after PR.

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