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Commentary RE: The International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF): A Multidimensional Scale for Assessment of Erectile Dysfunction

  • Arthur L. Burnett
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    Address correspondence to: Arthur Burnett, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 601 Caroline St, 4th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21287.
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      The advent of effective oral pharmacotherapy for erectile dysfunction (ED) signified the modern era of clinical management of this condition. Albeit a critical piece of this new paradigm, the relevance of sexual function questionnaires is often overlooked despite their indispensable use by which new therapies have come to be evaluated and accepted. So goes the storyline hailing the launch of sildenafil, which occurred in conjunction with the construction of the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) questionnaire in the mid 1990s. In many respects, were it not for the construction of the IIEF that filled the need for a methodology to prove the drug worked to alleviate ED it may be readily concluded that the rapid clinical introduction and widespread acceptance of sildenafil in the late 1990s would have been dramatically altered.
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