Use of an Assessment Tool to Enhance Diabetes Educators' Ability to Identify Erectile Dysfunction

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An assessment tool to identify erectile dysfunction is useful to diabetes educators in recognizing patients with sexual dysfunction requiring further counseling, education, and treatment. Use of an assessment tool serves as a first step in creating dialogue between diabetes educators and patients living with undiagnosed erectile dysfunction. The assessment tool helps identify underlying causes of erectile dysfunction, its impact on psychological well-being, and identification of treatment and referral needs. The purpose of this article is to discuss the value of assessing erectile dysfunction as a component of comprehensive diabetes care. An example of an erectile dysfunction assessment tool developed in 1991 is presented.

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