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Volume: 6 Issue: 4 November 2008 - Supplement - 1

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THE IMPACT OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION ON THE ENGAGEMENT IN SEXUAL INTERCOURSE; DOES RENAL TRANSPLANTATION DIFFER FROM OTHER CHRONIC CONDITIONS?

Sexual functioning is often altered by chronic disease and anxiety and depression. The present study evaluated sexual intercourse and its correlation with anxiety and depression in patients with different chronic conditions. Material and methods: In this cross-sectional study, 1150 consecutive adult married patients with various medical conditions including renal transplantation (n=230), coronary artery disease (n=450), chronic hemodialysis (n=50), osteoarthritis (n=120), rheumatoid arthritis (n=200), and chronic viral hepatitis (n=100) were recruited from the outpatient clinics of Baqiyatallah Hospital, Tehran, Iran. The patients’ age, gender, and history of engagement in sexual intercourse in the two-week period prior to the commencement of the study were registered. The participants were also asked to complete a Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) questionnaire. In renal transplantation (B=1.1, P=0.001, CI=1.7 to 5.9), similar to rheumatoid arthritis (B=0.8, P=0.017, CI=1.1 to 5.0) and chronic hemodialysis (B=3.4, P=0.013, CI=2.0 to 48.5), depression but not anxiety, was the predictor of having sexual intercourse. This condition was different to coronary artery disease patients in which anxiety (B=0.63, P=0.023, CI=1.0 to 3.2) and depression (B=0.9, P=0.020, CI=1.1 to 5.6) were both the predictors of engagement in sexual intercourse. It was not also different with osteoarthritis and chronic viral hepatitis patients in which neither anxiety nor depression was a predictor of engagement in sexual intercourse. In conclusion, In renal transplant subjects, depression but not anxiety, is a predictor of engagement in sexual intercourse.



Volume : 6
Issue : 4
Pages : 98


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Baqiyatallah Hospital, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran