Erectile dysfunction: physiology, causes and patient management

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-56; quiz 58
JournalNursing Standard
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Alprostadil
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Humans
  • Injections
  • Male
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Penile Prosthesis
  • Penis
  • Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors
  • Risk Factors
  • Vasodilator Agents


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