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A Randomized Controlled Trial of Guided Internet-delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction

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Erik Andersson, MSc, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, M46 Huddinge sjukhus, Stockholm 14186, Sweden. Tel: +46(0)736716335; Fax: +46(0)8-779 54 16; E-mail: erik.m.andersson@ki.se

ABSTRACT

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.

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