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December 2002, Volume 14, Number 6, Pages 422-432
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Review
Prevalence of erectile dysfunction: a systematic review of population-based studies
J Prins1,2, M H Blanker1, A M Bohnen1, S Thomas1 and J L H R Bosch2

1Department of General Practice, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2Department of Urology, University Hospital Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Correspondence to: M H Blanker, Department of General Practice, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Room Ff323, PO Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands. E-mail: blanker@hag.fgg.eur.nl

Abstract

A systematic review was conducted on the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) in the general population. Studies were retrieved which reported prevalence rates of ED in the general population. Using a specially developed criteria list, the methodological quality of these studies was assessed and data on prevalence rates were extracted. We identified 23 studies from Europe (15), USA (5), Asia (2) and Australia (1). On our 12-item criteria list, the methodological quality ranged from 5 to 12. The prevalence of ED ranged from 2% in men younger than 40 y to 86% in men 80 y and older. Comparison between prevalence data is hampered by major methodological differences between studies, particularly in the use of various questionnaires and different definitions of ED. We stress the importance of providing all necessary information when reporting on the prevalence of ED. Moreover, international studies should be conducted to establish the true prevalence of ED across countries.

International Journal of Impotence Research (2002) 14, 422-432. doi:10.1038/sj.ijir.3900905

Keywords

review; erectile dysfunction; quality assessment; prevalence; methodology

Received 12 February 2002; revised 6 June 2002;
December 2002, Volume 14, Number 6, Pages 422-432
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