Integrating partners into erectile dysfunction treatment: improving the sexual experience for the couple

Dean, J., Rubio-Aurioles, E., McCabe, M., Eardley, I., Speakman, M., Buvat, J., Sáenz de Tejada, I. and Fisher, W. 2008, Integrating partners into erectile dysfunction treatment: improving the sexual experience for the couple, International journal of clinical practice, vol. 62, no. 1, pp. 127-133, doi: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2007.01636.x.

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Title Integrating partners into erectile dysfunction treatment: improving the sexual experience for the couple
Author(s) Dean, J.
Rubio-Aurioles, E.
McCabe, M.
Eardley, I.
Speakman, M.
Buvat, J.
Sáenz de Tejada, I.
Fisher, W.
Journal name International journal of clinical practice
Volume number 62
Issue number 1
Start page 127
End page 133
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publication date 2008-01
ISSN 1368-5031
Summary Introduction: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition estimated to affect more than 150 million men worldwide. ED should be regarded as a shared sexual problem which has significant detrimental effects both on the men who experience this condition and on their partners.
Evidence to support partner involvement in ED therapy: Evidence shows that the partner plays a key supportive role in the man's ED treatment and in successful long-term ED therapy. Including the partner in consultations may highlight discordant attitudes and communication problems between couple members which may indicate treatment acceptance or rejection, or realistic or unrealistic treatment expectations.
Options for partner involvement in ED therapy: Most patients with ED consult their physician in the absence of their partner. Therefore, involving the partner in therapy can be challenging. Two options which physicians should consider are: encouraging the patient to bring the partner into the office and, often more realistically, seeking information about, and providing information to, the partner, via the patient.
The objective of these recommendations is to provide practical guidance on treating couples affected by ED, and suggest techniques that may be helpful in integrating the partner into the process of ED treatment.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2007.01636.x
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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