A Randomized Controlled Trial of Guided Internet-delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2011
© 2011 International Society for Sexual Medicine
The Journal of Sexual Medicine
Volume 8, Issue 10, pages 2800–2809, October 2011
How to Cite
Andersson, E., Walén, C., Hallberg, J., Paxling, B., Dahlin, M., Almlöv, J., Källström, R., Wijma, K., Carlbring, P. and Andersson, G. (2011), A Randomized Controlled Trial of Guided Internet-delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 8: 2800–2809. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2011.02391.x
- Issue published online: 3 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2011
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy;
- Erectile Dysfunction;
- Sexual Dysfunction
Introduction. Men with erectile dysfunction are often worried about their condition, have interpersonal difficulties, and have a reduced quality of life. Internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy (ICBT) has been shown effective for a number of health problems but evidence is limited concerning the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
Aim. The study investigated the effects of ICBT for erectile dysfunction.
Methods. Seventy-eight men were included in the study and randomized to either ICBT or to a control group, which was an online discussion group. Treatment consisted of a 7-week Web-based program with e-mail-based therapist support. Each therapist spent an average of 55 minutes per participant.
Main Outcome Measure. The International Index of Erectile Functioning five-item version was administered via the telephone at pretreatment, post-treatment, and 6 months after receiving ICBT.
Results. At post-treatment, the treatment group had significantly greater improvements with regard to erectile performance compared with the control group. Between-group differences at post-treatment were small (d = 0.1), but increased at the 6-month follow-up (d = 0.88).
Conclusions. This study provides support for the use of ICBT as a possible treatment format for erectile dysfunction. Andersson E, Walén C, Hallberg J, Paxling B, Dahlin M, Almlöv J, Källström R, Wijma K, Carlbring P, and Andersson G. A randomized controlled trial of guided Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy for erectile dysfunction. J Sex Med 2011;8:2800–2809.