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Group Therapy For ED

A systematic review of randomized clinical trials involving nearly 400 men has found that group therapy can help men overcome the problem of erectile dysfunction.

Researchers from the Cochrane Systematic Review organization found group therapy is more effective than the commonly prescribed medication sildenafil. And, that adding sildenafil to group therapy was more effective that sildenafil alone.

Normal sexual function relies on the coordination of psychological, endocrine, vascular and neurological factors. Recent research has increased attention on the role of psychological issues.

In particular, depression, low self-esteem, anxiety and other psychosocial stresses can play a large role in erectile dysfunction.

A team of Cochrane Researchers drew data from nine randomized trials and two quasi-randomized trials. These involved 398 men with erectile dysfunction who had been given psychotherapy, medication, psychotherapy plus medication or vacuum devices. A further 59 were in non-treatment control groups.

“We found that 95% of men in the psychosocial therapy group benefited from the treatment, while there was no change in over the same period of time in the controls,” says Professor Tamara Melnik, a psychiatrists working at the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil.

“We now need some large randomized trials with longer follow-up periods in order to measure exactly how effective psychosocial therapy can be. This research will need to group the men carefully, and also consider different forms of psychosocial treatment,” says Melnik.

“One problem with psychosocial therapy is that we are still uncertain which patients are most likely to benefit from it and if effectiveness depend upon personality factors, psychiatric co-morbid diagnosis, length of therapy time,” says Melnik.

Source: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Group Therapy For ED

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Group Therapy For ED. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 22, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2007/07/18/group-therapy-for-ed/1026.html

 

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Last updated: 6 Oct 2015
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