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The effect of targeted education on number, severity and perception of sexual side effects of patients suffering from schizophrenia and diabetes.

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  • Giraldi, Annamaria (Projektleder, faglig)
  • Jürgens, Gesche, Zealand University Hospital, Roskilde Clinical Pharmacology Unit Sygehusvej 10 4000 Roskilde Denmark, Danmark (Projektleder, faglig)
  • Petersen, Lone Bente (Samarbejdspartner)
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Sexual dysfunction is a frequent and sometimes debilitating complication of mental illness and a known adverse reaction to psycho-pharmacological treatment. SD is also associated with diabetes, a somatic co-morbidity in psychiatric patients. Epidemiological research shows that the risk of SD increases in the presence of several risk factors and it can be difficult to address in the clinical setting.

This is an interdisciplinary multicenter project combining quantitative and qualitative approaches to evaluate the effect of a targeted education program on frequency, severity and mastering of sexual side effects in patients with schizophrenia and diabetes.
The main element of the project is a randomized controlled trial (RCT). Prior to and parallel to the conduction of the RCT, an ethnographic field study is carried out.

The overall purpose is
• To develop a targeted educational intervention, that addresses causal factors and management of sexual side effects related to mental illness, diabetes and psychopharmacological treatment
• To investigate whether targeted education of patients and / or their health care professionals in causes and management of SD
a. increases the number of systematic examinations of sexual side effects
b. causes changes in the psycho-pharmacological treatment
c. reduces the number and severity of sexual side effects.
Diskussion/impact (forventet)
The design of the educational intervention will be based on valid scientific data from the ethnographic field study. Its step-by-step approach promotes immediate implementability of the acquired knowledge in the Danish mental health services for the benefit of patient care. At the same time, it will be transparent and reproducible and could, if necessary, be adapted to other health systems based on explicit criteria.
Knowledge from both quantitative and qualitative approaches could support the development of other educational platforms, such as e-learning tools and APPs. Therefore, we will establish early contact with research groups interested in using the knowledge gained from our project in the development of educational platforms that support patient education.



  • Sundhedsvidenskab - Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders, Pharmacology, Diabetes, Randomiseret Klinisk Undersøgelse, Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological, Paraphilic Disorders and Disorders of sexual preference or development

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