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Sex, Marriage and Illness (#202)

This married couple wants to rekindle their sex life after the husband’s heart attack. They are very uncomfortable discussing sex and yet realize the need for help.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrating professionalism
  • Conveying empathy
  • Asking direct and open-ended questions
  • Encouraging dialogue
  • Identifying differing perceptions

Information for Learners

The Lees are seeking information and advice about their sex life, or lack thereof. Bill had a severe heart attack four years ago. Martha has encouraged him to attend this appointment with her.

Simulation Details

Simulator Role(s)

  • Bill Lee (fifty-four)
  • Martha Lee (fifty-two)

Learner Role(s)

  • Counsellor
  • Nurse


  • Sexual Health Clinic at a Hospital or Family Service setting

Related Topics

  • Aging and Personal Well Being
  • Health Care
  • Marriage and Relationships