Sexuality is often affected following traumatic brain injury (TBI), with patients generally experiencing a decrease in sexual functioning. Only a few international studies have examined health professionals' perceptions of sexuality and how it is managed in rehabilitation after TBI. Findings have indicated that health professionals are somewhat reluctant to engage individuals with TBI (or their partners) due to reasons such as embarrassment, lack of training, fear of offending, or absence of guidelines. Sexual health practices are largely reliant on culture and no studies have yet to be conducted in Australia. Using semi-structured qualitative interviews, Australian health professionals will be asked to discuss how they view, evaluate and treat sexual functioning in individuals who have had a TBI.
traumatic brain injury
School of Psychological Sciences