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Erectile dysfunction in general medicine practice: prevalence and clinical correlates


Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common problem in general medical practice affecting especially the elderly and those with cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus. A study was undertaken by questionnaire distributed to consecutive adult male attendees at 62 general medical practices. 1240 completed questionnaires were available for analysis. The mean age of participants was 56.4 y (range 18 – 91 y). 488 men (39.4%) reported ED: 119 (9.6%) ‘occasionally’, 110 (8.9%) ‘often’, and 231 (18.6%) ‘all the time’ (complete ED). Among 707 men aged 40–69 y 240 (33.9%) reported ED and 84 (11.9%) had complete ED. The prevalence of complete ED increased with age, rising from 2.0% in the 40 – 49 y age group to 44.9% in the 70–79 y age group. Only 11.6% of men with ED had received treatment. Hypertension, ischaemic heart disease, peripheral vascular disease and diabetes mellitus were frequently associated with ED. 40% of diabetic men aged 60 y or older had ED all the time.

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Chew, K., Earle, C., Stuckey, B. et al. Erectile dysfunction in general medicine practice: prevalence and clinical correlates. Int J Impot Res 12, 41–45 (2000).

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