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Services for erectile dysfunction in the UK - a 12-month review of referrals to a west Midlands NHS clinic.

Hackett, G and Cole, N (2010) Services for erectile dysfunction in the UK - a 12-month review of referrals to a west Midlands NHS clinic. International journal of clinical practice, 64 (7). pp. 925-9. ISSN 1742-1241. This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their HEFT Athens login Ids

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Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1742-...

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Few studies have addressed the health economics of the provision of services for sexual dysfunction within the National Health Service.

AIM

To evaluate the referral patterns, workload and prescribing costs in secondary care resulting from government guidance on erectile dysfunction (ED).

METHOD

A review of 324 consecutive referral letters to the Good Hope Hospital Erectile Dysfunction Clinic was conducted to assess the purpose of referral. Prescribing data and costs were assessed over the same 2-year period.

RESULTS

Severe distress was the main reason for referral in 54% of referrals. Long term prescribing according to government guidance doubled the cost of care and created an unsustainable increase in clinic and pharmacy workload.

CONCLUSIONS

Existing regulations designed to control costs of ED therapy have created health inequalities, waste of resources and have increased the overall cost of care.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their HEFT Athens login Ids
Subjects: WJ Urogenital system. Urology
Divisions: Planned IP Care > Urology
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Depositing User: Mr Philip O'Reilly
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2014 15:23
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2014 15:23
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/449

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