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[Erectile dysfunction: prevalence and effect on the quality of life; Boxmeer study].
Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2001 Mar 24; 145(12):576-81.NT

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To assess the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED), and its influence on both the quality of life, and health care seeking behaviour.

METHOD

An age-stratified random sample was drawn from men aged 40-79 years in Boxmeer, the Netherlands (n = 1771), together with their partners. A questionnaire was mailed to the study population to collect data on ED, and the quality of life, both general and disorder related. The prevalence of ED was measured with the direct question 'Do you have problems getting an erection?'. The influence of ED on sexual function was measured with the Dutch version of the Sexual Function Inventory questionnaire.

RESULTS

Seventy percent of all men (n = 1233) and 73% of their partners (n = 1071) responded to the questionnaire. The prevalence of ED increased with age class. To the question regarding problems to get an erection, 13% (95% confidence interval: 11-15%) of all men answered affirmatively (40-49 years: 6%; 50-59: 9%; 60-69: 22%; 70-79: 38%). All men aged 40-49 years of age with ED and 16% of men aged 70-79 with ED considered their ED as bothersome. Amongst 40 to 49 year old men with ED, 64% considered their ED as a big or rather a big problem. Amongst older men this percentage was much smaller: 50-59 years: 38%; 60-69: 37%, and 70-79: 27%. Thirty-four percent of all men with ED and 16% of their spouses were dissatisfied with their sex life. Twenty-five percent of men with ED consulted a doctor, with a mean delay of 13 months. ED bore a strong correlation with the general quality of life and comorbidity.

CONCLUSION

ED was a common disorder within the population. Its prevalence was higher among older age groups, but they regarded ED as less of a problem than the younger age groups. Only a quarter of all men with ED consulted a physician.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Universitair Medisch Centrum St Radboud, afd. Urologie, Postbus 9101, 6500 HB Nijmegen.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

English Abstract
Journal Article

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PubMed ID

11293998

Citation

Meuleman, E J., et al. "[Erectile Dysfunction: Prevalence and Effect On the Quality of Life; Boxmeer Study]." Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde, vol. 145, no. 12, 2001, pp. 576-81.
Meuleman EJ, Donkers LH, Robertson C, et al. [Erectile dysfunction: prevalence and effect on the quality of life; Boxmeer study]. Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2001;145(12):576-81.
Meuleman, E. J., Donkers, L. H., Robertson, C., Keech, M., Boyle, P., & Kiemeney, L. A. (2001). [Erectile dysfunction: prevalence and effect on the quality of life; Boxmeer study]. Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde, 145(12), 576-81.
Meuleman EJ, et al. [Erectile Dysfunction: Prevalence and Effect On the Quality of Life; Boxmeer Study]. Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2001 Mar 24;145(12):576-81. PubMed PMID: 11293998.
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TY - JOUR T1 - [Erectile dysfunction: prevalence and effect on the quality of life; Boxmeer study]. AU - Meuleman,E J, AU - Donkers,L H, AU - Robertson,C, AU - Keech,M, AU - Boyle,P, AU - Kiemeney,L A, PY - 2001/4/11/pubmed PY - 2001/6/2/medline PY - 2001/4/11/entrez SP - 576 EP - 81 JF - Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde JO - Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd VL - 145 IS - 12 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED), and its influence on both the quality of life, and health care seeking behaviour. METHOD: An age-stratified random sample was drawn from men aged 40-79 years in Boxmeer, the Netherlands (n = 1771), together with their partners. A questionnaire was mailed to the study population to collect data on ED, and the quality of life, both general and disorder related. The prevalence of ED was measured with the direct question 'Do you have problems getting an erection?'. The influence of ED on sexual function was measured with the Dutch version of the Sexual Function Inventory questionnaire. RESULTS: Seventy percent of all men (n = 1233) and 73% of their partners (n = 1071) responded to the questionnaire. The prevalence of ED increased with age class. To the question regarding problems to get an erection, 13% (95% confidence interval: 11-15%) of all men answered affirmatively (40-49 years: 6%; 50-59: 9%; 60-69: 22%; 70-79: 38%). All men aged 40-49 years of age with ED and 16% of men aged 70-79 with ED considered their ED as bothersome. Amongst 40 to 49 year old men with ED, 64% considered their ED as a big or rather a big problem. Amongst older men this percentage was much smaller: 50-59 years: 38%; 60-69: 37%, and 70-79: 27%. Thirty-four percent of all men with ED and 16% of their spouses were dissatisfied with their sex life. Twenty-five percent of men with ED consulted a doctor, with a mean delay of 13 months. ED bore a strong correlation with the general quality of life and comorbidity. CONCLUSION: ED was a common disorder within the population. Its prevalence was higher among older age groups, but they regarded ED as less of a problem than the younger age groups. Only a quarter of all men with ED consulted a physician. SN - 0028-2162 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11293998/[Erectile_dysfunction:_prevalence_and_effect_on_the_quality_of_life L2 - https://www.diseaseinfosearch.org/result/9682 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -