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Dr. Jaffe on current unmet needs in care for erectile dysfunction

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“We don't have the sex therapists or psychologists who specialize in sexual dysfunction here... It's incredibly important, because if it doesn't start out as psychological, certainly, it becomes psychological, at least in some measure,” says Thomas M. Jaffe, MD.

In this video, Thomas M. Jaffe, MD, discusses current unmet needs in the treatment of male patients with sexual dysfunction. Jaffe is a urologist in male reproductive medicine and surgery at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Video Transcript:

I'll just speak for our region. I think it's very difficult for guys who have psychological aspects to [their condition] and the majority of their issue is psychological. We don't have the sex therapists or psychologists who specialize in sexual dysfunction here. It's very difficult to get people into that system. It's incredibly important, because if it doesn't start out as psychological, certainly, it becomes psychological, at least in some measure. To have that available in the system is really important. I suppose the other thing is, ED doesn't happen in a vacuum. It's usually a symptom of something. The point being is that I think there should be better collaboration between urology, cardiology–especially when you're talking erectile dysfunction–physical therapy, dieticians. That holistic approach that the patient can easily access, meaning someone comes in and you don't say, "Okay, you have to make an appointment with x, and you have to make an appointment with y." But to have 1 space where the patients can see everybody can get taken care of holistically. So, I think that's obviously, in my mind, lacking as well.

This transcription has been edited for clarity.

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