Collaborative treatment of erectile dysfunction: thoughts from the membership of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America

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Show simple item record Hagey, Derek Willis 2012-05-04T13:08:11Z 2012-05-04T13:08:11Z 2012-05-04
dc.description.abstract Recent years have seen a rise in the medicalization of treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED). While there has been a divide between the medical and psychological communities, some have called for a more collaborative relationship. Little research has been done on the collaboration between medical professionals and psychotherapists in treating ED. This study seeks to increase current knowledge about medical professionals’ referral practices and communication post-referral. An online survey was developed and distributed to the members of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) (N = 541). Survey questions inquired as to the factors that increased participants’ willingness to refer ED patients, the form of communication participants currently desire to have with psychotherapists and the participants’ desired level of communication with psychotherapists to whom they might refer. Less than ten percent of the medical professionals invited to participate in the study completed the survey (n=50). Those who did complete the survey were primarily male, specialized in urology and practiced in the U.S. Almost half the respondents were employed in an academic setting while just over half of respondents worked in hospital-based, group, or solo practices. Just over half of the survey participants practiced in urban areas. Although the number of medical professionals who completed the survey was small, findings indicated that those who completed a sexual medicine fellowship and who had a larger percentage of their patient population being seen for ED were more likely to refer patients to psychotherapists. Participants who have referred ED patients to psychotherapists reported little-to-no communication between them and the psychotherapists to whom they refer. The study participants expressed a desire to refer patients to psychotherapists who are experienced in working with both sexual and couples issues. Questions about the desires and experiences of medical professionals who have not referred to psychotherapists were not able to be answered because of the limited number of these individuals in the data set. Although the number of participants who completed the survey limits the generalizability of the data, this study demonstrates that most medical professionals who responded to the survey are willing to refer ED patients to psychotherapists. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Medical Family Therapy en_US
dc.subject Marriage and Family Therapy en_US
dc.title Collaborative treatment of erectile dysfunction: thoughts from the membership of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Department of Family Studies and Human Services en_US
dc.description.advisor Sandra Stith en_US
dc.subject.umi Individual & Family Studies (0628) en_US 2012 en_US August en_US

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