Dealing with hypersexuality in geriatric care facilities : A literature review
Kubota, Kaile (2017)
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The subject area of this literature review focuses on hypersexuality exhibited by patients in geriatric care facilities and how nurses can be prepared in the management of its occurrence. The aim of this study is to explore inappropriate sexual behavior in hope to promote awareness and give light to possible coping strategies that nurses and other healthcare professionals can apply in the management of care. The research questions are 1) What is hypersexuality? 1a) What are the triggering factors? 1b) What can be considered hypersexual behavior? 1c) How common is hypersexuality in nursing care facilities? 2) How can nurses be prepared in the care management of hypersexuality disorder? All questions have been answered despite the scarcity of scientific resources at the time the author is conducting his research. Scientific articles are obtained through Arcada’s academic databases - Academic Search Elite, Cinahl, Pubmed and Sage journals. The main search terms used are: Hypersexuality AND dementia; “Inappropriate sexual behavior” AND elderly; Diagnosis AND “Inappropriate sexual behavior” AND demen- tia. The findings on this study suggest that including sexuality education into the regular nurs- ing curriculum rather than as an elective study will introduce all nurses early towards hyper- sexuality. It will help improve their ability in managing its care interventions as well as in con- ducting proper patient education. The results also show that addressing inappropriate sexual behavior in a biopsychosocial approach gives better opportunities in devising a holistic care plan for nurses.