Mindfulness-based therapies for men and women with sexual dysfunction: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Banbury, Samantha, Lusher, Joanne, Snuggs, Sarah and Chandler, Chris (2021) Mindfulness-based therapies for men and women with sexual dysfunction: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Sexual and Relationship Therapy. pp. 1-22. ISSN 1468-1749 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14681994.2021.1883578

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Mindfulness based interventions (MBI) may be an effective treatment for sexual dysfunction among men and women. A literature review identified seven trials for sexual dysfunction and MBI. Of these, four trials were Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) including a control-group wait list and three studies used within-subjects design. A meta-analysis synthesized the results across these trials which demonstrated an overall low to moderate effect size (Cohen’s d = 0.55). Moderate heterogeneity between studies was evident with possible publication bias. Sub-group analysis revealed differences between study weights, where overall higher effect sizes were found among RCTs (d = 0.65) than within subject design studies (d = 0.27). However, within subject design studies tended to include pre and post-physiological measurements (e.g. vaginal photoplethysmography), which may provide a more precise evaluation of the benefits of MBI, rather than studies based on self-report measures only. This review identified a gender inequality in which clinical trials predominated among women compared to men with a 6:1 ratio. Whilst MBI looks promising, significantly more research is needed, particularly among men, so that science, practice and policy can develop an understanding of the potential benefits of non-prescription intervention alternatives, or as a biopsychosocial adjunct, such as MBI, in support of those experiencing sexual dysfunction.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: mindfulness based intervention; sexual dysfunction; gender; inequality; systematic review
Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
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Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2021 14:35
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 09:41
URI: https://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/6395

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