Psychosocial and Relationship Issues in Men With Erectile Dysfunction

Patrick J. DiMeo, BSN, RN, OCN


Urol Nurs. 2006;26(6):442-446. 

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Erectile dysfunction affects men physically and psychosocially. With the demographic shift of men living longer, the issue of ED will become even more prominent. Clinicians must realize and be sensitive to the fact that sexuality is an essential part of all of our lives. As clinicians, we need to utilize or develop skills to help guide the patient. The use of different interventions to solve the troublesome problem of ED is helpful. But it is vital that interventions take into account the sophistication of human sexual relationships and the partnerships that are formed. Clinicians have a chance to make a positive impact in patients' lives including issues related to ED. Health care providers should incorporate a sexual history as a normal part of the nursing/clinical assessment. In this way, we can provide holistic care that addresses the patient's physical, spiritual, psychological, and emotional needs. This may not be an easy task. But as patient advocates, it is something we should strive to achieve.

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