Management of erectile dysfunction in adult men with learning disabilities and diabetes

Michael Brown, Heather Duff, Margaret Boyd, Johnstone Shaw

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The effective management of obesity, diabetes and associated complications, such as erectile dysfunction (ED), in people with learning disabilities is an important and evolving area. ED may be poorly recognised and poorly understood by people with learning disabilities, making diagnosis and management challenging for healthcare professionals. Partnership working between the primary care team, community learning disability team and diabetes specialist nurse is essential to ensure that individual health needs are identified and addressed. This article provides an overview of the health needs of adults with learning disabilities and the evidence relating to diabetes and ED. It uses a case study approach to highlight issues relating to the assessment and management of ED as experienced by a man with learning disabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-126
Number of pages7
JournalDiabetes and Primary Care
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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  • erectile dysfunction learning disabilities diabetes obesity


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