Erectile dysfunction: meeting the needs of men with learning disabilities
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Erectile dysfunction: meeting the needs of men with learning disabilities

Neville Parkes Senior lecturer, Learning Disability Nursing, University of Worcester, Worcester
Sue Keoghan Clinical team leader, Newhaven, St Luke’s Hospital, Huddersfield, Yorkshire

Erectile dysfunction is caused by physiological, psychological and sociocultural influences. This article discusses the relevance of erectile dysfunction to men with a learning disability. Erectile dysfunction is likely to be a hidden problem and an unmet health need for many men with a learning disability. Because of the paucity of published research in this area, the authors draw on their nursing experiences. They suggest a person-centred approach should be used to address the needs of these men, giving consideration to the sensitive nature of the problem.

Nursing Standard. 21, 31,35-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.04.21.31.35.c4543