A mobile-based educational intervention on sexo-marital life in Iranian men with spinal cord injury: a randomized controlled trial

Abstract

Study design:

A randomized controlled trial.

Objective:

To assess the effectiveness of a mobile-based educational intervention on sexo-marital life in Iranian men with spinal cord injury (SCI).

Setting:

Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs’, “Spinal Cord Injury Association”, and the “Protection Center of Spinal Cord Disables”.

Methods:

Participants were men with SCI aged at least 18 years old. The effectiveness of a mobile App was evaluated on 70 married men with SCI. Sexual adjustment, sexual satisfaction, marital adjustment, and marital satisfaction were assessed by valid and reliable questionnaires at baseline, 4 and 8 weeks after the intervention.

Results:

The between-group mean difference (95% CI) of sexual adjustment (4.2, CI: 3.6–4.8) after 4 weeks as well as 8 weeks (8.6, CI: 7.6–9.5) after baseline was significant (P < 0.001). The between-group mean difference (95% CI) of sexual satisfaction (6.9, CI: 8–11.2) after 4 weeks as well as 8 weeks (16.4, CI: 14.1–18.7) after baseline was significant (P < 0.001). There were significant increases in all the domains of marital satisfaction’s between-group mean differences after 4 weeks as well as 8 weeks after baseline (P < 0.001). Repeated measures ANOVA showed there was no statistically significant increase in marital adjustment’s between-group mean difference (95% CI) after 4 weeks (−0.1, CI: −0.1– 0, P < 0.16) as well as 8 weeks (0.4, CI: −0.3–1.1, P < 0.25) after baseline.

Conclusion:

The application-based educational intervention showed the positive effect of education on sexo-marital life in men with SCI. We recommend the rehabilitation team’s healthcare providers embrace this educational strategy for individuals with SCI.

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Fig. 1: Study enrollment and randomization.

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Data supporting the results is reported in the article. The datasets generated and/or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.

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Acknowledgements

Our special thanks to the men with SCI who shared their personal experiences in this research.

Funding

This study was funded and supported by Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS); Grant no: 31244-99-04-94.

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FZ was responsible for designing the study and managed the application development phase. SR collected the data. MT contributed to the data analysis. AH analyzed the data and was responsible for data interpretation. RM was responsible for managing all phases of the study. All authors drafted and revised the manuscript for important intellectual content, and approved the final version.

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Zarei, F., Rashedi, S., Tavousi, M. et al. A mobile-based educational intervention on sexo-marital life in Iranian men with spinal cord injury: a randomized controlled trial. Spinal Cord (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41393-020-0489-4

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