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Michael Ian Rothenberg

Michael Ian Rothenberg

The Center for Counseling and Sexual Health, Florida

Title: Understanding Sex and Sexuality in Palliative Care; Establishing a Dialogue at the End of Life

Biography

Biography: Michael Ian Rothenberg

Abstract

Introduction: Human beings are sexual beings from birth until death. This presentation explores sex and sexuality at the end of life and the importance of establishing a dialogue between patients and clinicians as an integral part of end of life care. Objectives: To identify and understand barriers and challenges in discussing sex and sexuality at the end of life and establish a methodology for better communication.Methods: A qualitative methodological approach was utilized and the resultant data will be presented as case histories gathered in the context of clinical sexology consultations.Results: As discomfort and physical pain, at the end of life, can be controlled through the proper use of medication, psychological and emotional distress, directly and indirectly, related to sex and sexuality, can be ameliorated through specific conversation and dialogue. Conclusion: This presentation hopes to raise important questions about the palliative care professional's responsibility regarding the understanding of sexuality for individuals in the end of life stage as well as illustrate how to begin to engage in needed discussions on sex and sexuality.