Forekomst og betydning af seksuel trivsel blandt mennesker med kronisk obstruktiv lungesygdom (KOL)

Project: PhD Project

Project Details

Layman's description

Person-centered care is a hot topic within healthcare, however sexuality and communication about the patients’ intimacy issues seems too hot to handle within healthcare. Research highlights that the majority of people diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) experience decreased sexual health. Patients expect the health professionals to address intimacy issues; however, nurses and doctors neglect it since intimacy remains a taboo.

To encourage nurses and doctors to initiate the difficult yet important conversation about intimacy issues and concerns, it is necessary for them to have knowledge about the topic. Currently, there is a lack of: 1) Observational studies that investigate physical, psychological and social aspects of intimacy and sexual health among men and women with COPD and 2) Qualitative studies with the aim of exploring how patients experience the burden of COPD on sexual health.

The overall aim of this study is to investigate the impact of COPD on physical, psychological and social aspects of sexual health and the impact on loneliness and well-being in patients and their partners.

The study will contribute to new knowledge, which is crucial to promote person-centered communication about intimacy issues and thereby meet previously overlooked needs and concerns of patients. We are convinced that the study has great potential to improve sexual health and well-being among many people with COPD and their partners in Denmark.
Short titleExploring the Impact of COPD on Intimacy, Loneliness and Well-being.
Effective start/end date01/08/202231/07/2025