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Outcome measures for erectile dysfunction. 1: Literature review

Dorey, G.
This article describes and evaluates critically the outcome measures available for the assessment of the conservative treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). The literature review identified 26 outcome measures. Of these, 14 were subjective and 12 were objective. Objective measures can provide more accurate information. However, owing to the sensitive nature of the problem, questionnaires which are reliable and sensitive to change can provide valuable data. Different outcome measures were needed for each of the separate components of ED. These components were found to be rigidity, vascular flow, nerve conductivity, intracavemosal pressure, ischiocavernosus muscle power, partner satisfaction and quality of life. An evaluation of outcome measures for each component of ED is provided in the second part of this article. Quick, simple, inexpensive and efficient outcome measures can be used by nurses to evaluate the impact of conservative treatment for ED.
Br J Nurs
0966-0461 (Print)
Publication year:
Biological and physiological variables:
Biological and physiological variables
Symptom status:
Physical state
Functional status:
Cognitive/mental functioning
Physical functioning
Adults (18-65)
Seniors (65+)
Mental and behavioural disorders and related symptoms
PRO / non-PRO:
Non-patient Reported Outcome
Patient Reported Outcome
Type of measurement instrument:
1 - Questionnaires
2 - Interviews
3 - Diaries
4 - Performance-based tests
6 - Clinical rating scales
7 - Observations
9 - Laboratory tests
Axial Rigidity Measurement
BSFI - Brief Sexual Function Inventory
Clinician's objective assessment
Clinician's questions
CMSH-SFQ - Center for Marital and Sexual Health Sexual Function Questionnaire
Colour Duplex Doppler Ultrasonography
Digital Rectal examination
EMG - electromyography
ICSsex - International Incontinence Society Sex Questionnaire
IIEF - International Index of Erectile Function (versions: IIEF-5 items; IIEF-6 items)
Intracavernous pressure
Ischiocavernous muscle power
Likert Scale
Meeting Patients' set goals
Patient EDITS - Erectile Dysfunction Inventory of Treatment Satisfaction (versions: Patient EDITS-patient version; Partner EDITS-partner version)
PROTOsex - PROstate Trials Office Sex Instrument
Pudendal Nerve Conduction Test
QOL-MED - Quality Of Life Measure specific to Men with Erection Difficulties
RSSF - Radiumhemmets Scale of Sexual Function
Snap Gauge Band
VAQ - Veterans Affaire Questionnaire
VAS - Visual Analogue Scale