Erectile dysfunction: physiology, causes and patient management
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Erectile dysfunction: physiology, causes and patient management

Martin J Steggall Acting head of department and senior lecturer, Applied biological sciences, City University, Erectile dysfunction, Barts and the London NHS Trust, Erectile dysfunction, Newham Primary Care Trust

This article examines the prevalence, causes, identification, assessment and treatment options for men with erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is thought to affect one in ten men across the UK and is often a consequence of pathology and/or pharmacology. Treatment can be offered to all patients, but the keys to management are identification, accurate assessment and focused therapy. Nurses are well placed to identify and support men who have this distressing problem.

Correspondence m.j.steggall@city.ac.uk

Nursing Standard. 21, 43,49-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.07.21.43.49.c4578

Published in print: 04 July 2007

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review