The experiences of South Asian men with diabetes mellitus and erectile dysfunction

O'Brien, Chloe

Clinical psychology
September 2014

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This portfolio thesis consists of three parts.

Part one is a systematic literature review investigating existing research on the illness perceptions of men with erectile dysfunction (ED). The following five online databases were searched; PsycINFO, MEDLINE via EBSCO, Scopus, CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature), and Web of Science Core Collection. With the application of relevant inclusion and exclusion criteria, 13 studies were found to be eligible for inclusion in the review. A narrative synthesis of the findings of the included studies was conducted. Findings were organised into five categories of men’s perceptions about ED. These were as follows; severity and permanence of ED, communicating about ED, causes of ED, consequences of ED and treatment for ED. A discussion of the findings is presented, with consideration of the impact of illness perceptions on communication about and treatment-seeking for ED. The limitations and the clinical implications are proposed, as well as avenues for future research.

Part two is an empirical paper investigating the experiences of South Asian men with diabetes mellitus (DM) and ED, utilising exploration of their illness perceptions and the impact on quality of life. Qualitative methodology was employed. Semi-structured interviews based on the Self-Regulatory Model (Leventhal, Nerenz, & Steele, 1984) were conducted with six South Asian men with DM and ED. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was employed. Four superordinate and ten subordinate themes were identified. The findings are discussed in consideration of clinical implications and limitations of the study. Avenues for future research are proposed.

Part three consists of the appendices for the systematic literature review and the empirical paper, including an epistemological statement and a reflective statement.

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