Evid Based Nurs 3:15 doi:10.1136/ebn.3.1.15
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A psychoeducational programme increased knowledge and decreased sexual risk behaviours in young adults with genital herpes

 QUESTION: In young adults with genital herpes, does a group psychoeducational intervention led by nurses decrease sexual health risk and improve psychosocial adaptation?


Randomised {allocation concealed}*, unblinded, controlled trial of 6 months duration.


A metropolitan area on the west coast of the US.


252 adults (mean age 27 y, 77% women, 80% white, 70% single, 84% employed, 10% lesbian or gay, mean education 15 y, mean annual income US$22 000) with confirmed symptomatic genital herpes diagnosed within the previous 5 years. Adults with histories of inpatient treatment for psychiatric conditions or alcohol or drug abuse were excluded. Follow up was 87%.


131 adults were allocated to the group psychoeducational sessions. The intervention consisted of three 90 minute group sessions led by a nurse and emphasised problem solving, skills building, and peer and professional …

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