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  1. Health outcomes variables important to patients in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

    Article - En anglais


    Erectile dysfunction is underreported and the rate of noncompliance with therapy is high.

    The National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference on Impotence endorsed the need for outcomes research of the various approaches to treatment.

    The purpose of our exploratory study was to begin that process through identification of erectile dysfunction treatment outcomes variables that are important to men.

    Materials and Methods 

    The study format consisted of focus group meetings.

    The goal of the discussions was to identify variables that are important to men when choosing among and judging the success of treatment modalities for erectile dysfunction.

    After discussion participants were individually asked to identify the 10 variables that they considered important and rank the 5 most important variables.

    An importance score reflecting group consensus was calculated for each variable.


    Success and negative outcomes were identified as the 2 most important outcomes variables for all treatment modalities.

    Participants defined success in several ways

    The most important measures of success were cure, pleasure and partner satisfaction.

    Negative outcome was defined as negative consequences associated with treatment.


    The focus group discussion assisted in identifying and defining outcomes variables important to patients with erectile dysfunction. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Impuissance, Incidence, Epidémiologie, Traitement, Critère décision, Evaluation performance, Article synthèse, Homme, Appareil génital mâle pathologie, Erection pathologie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Impotence, Incidence, Epidemiology, Treatment, Decision criterion, Performance evaluation, Review, Human, Male genital diseases, Erection disorders

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0236752

    Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 11/09/1998.