Introduction: Sexual dysfunction is common in patients with heart failure (HF) 1. Studies showed its relationship to decreased quality of life and adherence to treatment 2.However, there are no specific rating scales of sexual function for men with HF.
Objective: To develop the Sexual Function Assessment Scale men with IC (EAFSH_IC).
Methods: a methodological study consists of five stages. At first, an integrative literature review, the second was the validation of the defining characteristics of the nursing diagnosis of sexual dysfunction NANDA-I taxonomy, then the committee of judges and the completion of the pre-test.
Results: integrative review analyzed 10 articles which explained as causes of sexual dysfunction in patients with heart failure, alteration of the endothelium, atherosclerosis, exercise intolerance, use of drugs, psicogêncios and hormonal factors. The defining characteristics of higher prevalence were related to physical effort (0.95), early diagnosis dysfunction together with (0.92), treatment (0.90), excitement (0.75) tiredness (0.63), pain (0.63) and fear (0:54). After evaluation of the judges the scale comprised 20 statements that verify the man's sexual function with IC. The alpha Conbrach for the 20 items of the scale was 0.860, which indicates a high level of reliability.
Discussion: The construction of EAFSH_IC brings to clinical practice greater accuracy to verify the sexual function of men with HF. Subsidize health professionals in screening and treatment of changes in sexual function.
Conclusion: It is expected to EAFSH_IC the identification of the causal factors of sexual dysfunction in men with HF for targeting interventions and achieve results that improve the quality of life for them. The elaborate scale requires psychometric assessment for future application.