A new study published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice highlights the substantial burden of erectile dysfunction (ED) on work productivity and health-related quality of life (HR-QoL).
In this cross-sectional observational study, researchers analysed data on men aged 40 to 70 years (n=52,697) from Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Work productivity, activity impairment and HR-QoL were assessed.
The overall ED prevalence was 49.7 per cent. Men with ED versus those without ED reported higher absenteeism (7.1% vs 3.2%), presenteeism (22.5% vs 10.1%), overall impairment in work productivity (24.8% vs 11.2%) and activity impairment (28.6% vs 14.5%). Additionally, men with ED versus their non-ED counterparts scored substantially lower on the Mental Component Summary (46.7 vs 51.2), Physical Component Summary (48.3 vs 53.0) and health state utilities (SF-6D: 0.693 vs 0.778). The severity of ED was associated with worse patient‐reported outcomes.
The authors said the results of the study "further suggest the need for better management and appropriate treatment, especially among those with ED in the workforce, as the burden may prove to be a significant, under-recognised concern for patients and employers alike".