Representations of women sexuality among nurses in Brazil

Dr Elisabeth Meloni Vieira

The development of new treatments has improved survival and quality of life among cancer patients. As an important aspect of life nurses are demanded to answer questions and provide orientation on sexual life of patients. To understand the representations of sexuality among nurses working with women surviving breast cancer after diagnosis and during treatment assuming that their representations will affect communication with the patient. A qualitative study using an in-depth guideline to interview 28 nurses living and working in the Southeast of Brazil. The narratives were submitted to a content analysis and categories of representations were identified.


Recorded in June 2011 at the 20th WAS World Congress for Sexual Health 
Forging the Future: Sexual Health for the 21st Century, Glasgow, UK.  
The World Association Of Sexual Health at

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Dr Elisabeth Meloni Vieira

Elisabeth Meloni Vieira is a Medical Doctor and a Public Health Specialist. She has a Master in Preventive Medicine by the University of São Paulo and a Ph.D. on Applied Population Research by the University of Exeter, U.K.  She works as Associate Professor in the Department of Social Medicine of the Medical School of Ribeirão Preto - University of São Paulo. She has been working with Reproductive and Sexual Health in the last 30 years, approaching Female Sterilization, Contraception, Family Planning and Gender. Dr Vieira has recently oriented the transcultural adaptation and validation of the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) for Brazilian Portuguese. She is a leader of a Research Group of Brazilian National Council for Research (CNPq) named Health and Gender and member of the Working Group on Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health of World Health Organization.

Co-authors: L.C. Junqueira2, M.N. Santos Barros3, M.A. dos Santos2, A. Giami4, - 2Psychology, Faculdade Filosofia Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto-USP, 3Nurse School of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, 4CESP Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, U1018, Inserm, Paris, France
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