Cyprus Journal of Medical Sciences
Original Article

The Relationship Between Depression and Sexual Function in Individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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Psychiatric Clinic, Mersin City Training and Research Hospital, Mersin, Turkey

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Department of Mental Health Nursing, Mersin University Nursing Faculty, Mersin, Turkey

Cyprus J Med Sci 2021; 6: 24-29
DOI: 10.5152/cjms.2021.992
Read: 205 Downloads: 136 Published: 22 April 2021

BACKGROUND/AIMS
It is important to determine the relationship between depression and the sexual functions of individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

MATERIAL and METHODS
This research is a descriptive, cross-sectional, correlational study that consisted of 104 patients with COPD who were referred to the Chest Diseases Polyclinic of the Medical Faculty Hospital of one university between October 2016 and April 2017. The data of the study were collected using 3 data collection tools: the Personal Information Form, the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), and the Arizona Sexual Experiences Scale (ASEX).

RESULTS
The results show that 20.2% of patients with COPD had severe depression. Furthermore, women with chronic obstructive lung disease were found to have more sexual problems than men, and men were found to have higher depressive symptoms than women. There was a positive, lower rate (r=0.388), significant relationship (p<.001) between the ASEX total score and the BDI total score. According to this result, as depression levels of individuals with COPD increase, their sexual problems also increase.

CONCLUSION
It is suggested that training programs for the prevention and treatment of depression and sexual dysfunction in individuals with COPD should be implemented and that psychiatric nurses and consultation-liaison psychiatric nurses should take an active role in these trainings.

Cite this article as: Dudaklı N, Yılmaz M. The Relationship Between Depression and Sexual Function in Individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Cyprus J Med Sci 2020; 6(1): 24-9.

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