What is the Process of Care Model for the Evaluation and Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction and how is it used?

Updated: Aug 08, 2018
  • Author: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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The Process of Care Model for the Evaluation and Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction was developed to advance new guidelines for the diagnosis and management of ED in primary care and multidisciplinary settings. [70] The key components of this model are the following:

  • A rational approach to diagnosis and treatment

  • Emphasis on clinical history taking and a focused examination

  • Specialized testing and referral in predefined situations

  • A stepwise management approach with ranking of treatment options

  • Incorporation of patient and partner needs and preferences in the decision-making process

An alternative model was developed that included algorithms and consensus guidelines. [71] This approach is oriented toward patient goals and involves a minimum of testing. The patient and his partner express a preference for reasonable and appropriate treatment options and work with the physician to implement this plan.


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