Journal article

Systematic Review of the Impact of Inflammatory Arthritis on Intimate Relationships and Sexual Function

Laura J Restoux, Silpa R Dasariraju, Ilana N Ackerman, Sharon Van Doornum, Lorena Romero, Andrew M Briggs

Arthritis Care & Research | WILEY | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVE: To systematically review evidence of the impact of inflammatory arthritis on, or association of inflammatory arthritis with, intimate relationships and sexual function. METHODS: Ovid Medline, Ovid PsycINFO, Ovid Embase, and EBSCO CINAHL databases were searched. Two independent reviewers selected articles, extracted data, and conducted manual searches of reference lists from included studies and previous reviews. The quality of evidence was assessed using standard risk-of-bias tools. RESULTS: Fifty-five eligible studies were reviewed. Of these, 49 (89%) were quantitative, 5 (9.1%) were qualitative, and 1 (1.8%) used a mixed-method design. Few quantitative studies were rated as low ..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Supported by UBC Australia and AbbVie Australia (investigator-initiated, unrestricted grant-in-aid). Dr. Ackerman's work was supported by a Victorian Health and Medical Research Fellowship. Dr. Briggs' work was supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (fellowship grant 1132548).