Introduction: Erectile dysfunction is a highly prevalent condition. Existing guidelines provide recommendations for diagnosis and treatment, but they are often disregarded in clinical practice in favor of a “patient-tailored” approach. Objectives: We planned a Delphi consensus method to bridge the gap between evidence-based medicine and the real-life approach in daily practice. Materials and Methods: The Advisory Board prepared 15 statements on debated topics in andrology, each including 4–6 items designed as a 5-point Likert scale. After a validation phase, the questionnaire was sent by e-mail to a panel of experts for a first round of voting; members of the panel were later invited to a second round of voting, preceded by discussion of the “hot topics” identified in the first round. Results: The first round of the Delphi consensus involved 101 experts; 71 (70%) also took part in the second round of voting. The Advisory Board deemed 22 items to be worthy of debate, and these underwent the second round of voting. “Real-life” results from the survey proved quite different from evidence-based recommendations. Conclusion: Although guidelines suggest the best approach for a “standard” patient, real-life settings require flexibility. Diagnostic and therapeutic approaches should be tailored to the patients’ needs. Phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors are recognized as the first-line therapy in both settings, including the newly introduced sildenafil orodispersible film. Indications from the panel might help close the gap between recommendations from guidelines and real-life practice in relation to the diagnosis and treatment of erectile dysfunction. Isidori AM, Giammusso B, Corona G, et al. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Workup of Erectile Dysfunction: Results From a Delphi Consensus of Andrology Experts. Sex Med 2019;7:292–302.
Diagnostic and therapeutic workup of erectile dysfunction: results from a delphi consensus of andrology experts / Isidori, A. M.; Giammusso, B.; Corona, G.; Verze, P.. - In: SEXUAL MEDICINE. - ISSN 2050-1161. - 7:3(2019), pp. 292-302. [10.1016/j.esxm.2019.04.001]
|Titolo:||Diagnostic and therapeutic workup of erectile dysfunction: results from a delphi consensus of andrology experts|
ISIDORI, Andrea (Corresponding author)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Citazione:||Diagnostic and therapeutic workup of erectile dysfunction: results from a delphi consensus of andrology experts / Isidori, A. M.; Giammusso, B.; Corona, G.; Verze, P.. - In: SEXUAL MEDICINE. - ISSN 2050-1161. - 7:3(2019), pp. 292-302. [10.1016/j.esxm.2019.04.001]|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|