Evaluation of care given to patients suffering from erectile dysfunction by French urologists in 2018

Prog Urol. 2020 May;30(6):318-321. doi: 10.1016/j.purol.2020.04.008. Epub 2020 Apr 29.


Erectile dysfunction varied by country, affecting between 20 to 40% of men aged 60 and 69 and more than 50% of men aged over 75. Our objective was to evaluate the habits of urologists in 2018 and also evaluate the need for additional, objective tools to aid physicians when providing care. A questionnaire was sent from the French Urology Association to 1158 physicians between November and December 2018. In all, 177 urologists (15.28%) took part in the study. Only 22% of urologists regularly used a questionnaire, such as the IIEF-5. When faced with erection problems, 56.5% of them did not carry out systematic cardiology evaluations. More than half of urologists requested fasting glucose, lipid and total testosterone levels. Twenty-seven percent did not carry out additional tests. First line treatment included a phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor in 81% of cases. Two thirds of urologists (78%) rated themselves as being correctly trained in the area of erectile dysfunction. However, only 49% systematically inquired about erection problems when faced with benign prostatic hyperplasia and 65% thought that erectile dysfunction was not treated optimally. Despite existing recommendations, only half of urologists carry out a cardiac evaluation when a finding of erectile dysfunction is made. One third of urologists do not request additional testing. Greater training, along with the use of an objective diagnostic tool could help urologists to optimise the care they provide for patients suffering from erectile dysfunction, allowing them to keep working within current guidelines. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: 3.

Keywords: Cardiological evaluation; Clinical evaluation; Dysfonction érectile; Erectile dysfunction; Guidelines; Recommandations; Évaluation cardiologique; Évaluation clinique.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Erectile Dysfunction / therapy*
  • France
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'*
  • Urology*