Sexual quality of life in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery

Jennifer Barsky Reese, Rebecca A. Shelby, Kathryn L. Taylor

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Objectives: Despite improvements in many domains of functioning, sexual quality of life often remains impaired following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. This study examined associations among sexual quality of life, fear of sexual activity and receiving information from providers about sexual activity in CABG patients. Methods: Participants completed a survey assessing sexual activity, mental health and physical health at baseline (3-5-day post-surgery; n = 60) and 2-month post-surgery (n = 42). Results: Sexual quality of life showed moderate difficulties at baseline and did not improve by follow-up (p values ≥0.09). At follow-up, greater patient fear was associated with lower sexual quality of life in some domains; receiving information was related to lower fear (p values ≤0.03) and greater sexual satisfaction and interest (p values ≤0.04). Suggestive of mediation, there was a significant indirect effect of information on patient fear and of patient fear on sexual interest (p = 0.05). Conclusions: Though data were cross-sectional, findings suggest that fears of sexual activity may play a role in lowering CABG patients' motivation for sexual activity and that receiving information from a medical provider may assist in hastening sexual rehabilitation. Prospective and intervention studies are needed to support findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)721-736
Number of pages16
JournalPsychology and Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • coronary artery bypass
  • coronary artery disease
  • sexual behavior
  • sexuality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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