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Evaluation of a Swedish version of the Watts Sexual FunctionQuestionnaire (WSFQ) in persons with heart disease: A pilot study
Department of Caring Science and Sociology, University of Gävle, Gävle.
Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1688-8991
School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro.
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2010 (English)In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 1873-1953, E-ISSN 1474-5151, Vol. 9, no 3, 168-174 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


As part of preparation for a Swedish multicentre study, exploring sexual and married life in patients with myocardial infarction and their partners, a Swedish validated instrument was required.


The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the validity and reliability of a Swedish version of the Watts Sexual Function Questionnaire (WSFQ) among persons with a heart disease.


A convenience sample of 79 persons (47 men and 32 women) living with a heart disease was recruited from the members of the National Association of Heart and Lung Patients. They completed a Swedish version of the WSFQ on two occasions.


Two separate factor analyses each revealed a two-factor structure on both occasions: “Sexual appetite” and “Sexual expectations” with gender-neutral questions and “Sexual sensitiveness” and “Sexual ability” with gender-specific questions. Cronbach's alpha coefficients ranged from 0.48 to 0.86 and test–retest values for all but one question exceeded 0.70.


The Swedish version of the WSFQ showed good validity and stability and acceptable internal homogeneity. Extended evaluations of the questionnaire are recommended.

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Elsevier , 2010. Vol. 9, no 3, 168-174 p.
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Heart disease, Watts Sexual Function Questionnaire, Validity, Reliability
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40889DOI: 10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2009.12.004ISI: 000281487200006PubMedID: 20071238OAI: diva2:403419
Available from: 2011-03-13 Created: 2011-03-13 Last updated: 2015-10-06Bibliographically approved

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