Evaluation of Erectile Function and Quality of Life in Patients Undergoing Methadone Maintenance Treatment
Science Journal of Clinical Medicine
Volume 6, Issue 5, September 2017, Pages: 68-73
Received: Jan. 26, 2017;
Accepted: Feb. 10, 2017;
Published: Oct. 18, 2017
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Sava Petrov, Second Department of Internal Disease, Section of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, Medical University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Maria Orbetzova, Second Department of Internal Disease, Section of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, Medical University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Yanko Iliev, Department of Clinical Toxicology, Medical University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Doychin Boyadzhiev, University of Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Lyuba Hadzhiyska, Private Psychiatric Practice Philippopolis Ltd., Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Stefan Popov, Department of Psychiatry, Medical University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
The controversial data for erectile function and quality of life of patients undergoing methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) and lack of questionnaire-based studies, providing information about these bio-psycho-social issues, in Bulgaria motivated the investigators to examine the frequency of erectile dysfunction among patients on methadone maintenance treatment, and to identify quality of life among these subjects. For these needs cross-sectional, observational with no intervention, case-control, questionnaire-based study was performed which included participants from 18 to 40 years of age undergoing MMT for at least six months and clinically healthy people. A total of 91 patients from 5 clinical programs for MMT in Bulgaria took part in the study and 27 clinically healthy people from the same age and without a history of drug abuse, psychiatric and somatic diseases which served as a control group. All participants signed informed consent. For evaluating erectile function International Index of Erectile Function survey was used. SF 36 v.2 quality of life survey was used for assessing the quality of the participants. When comparing results of the quality of life survey in Patient and Control group significant differences were found in all of the components of the survey (p<0.05) with lower results in the Patient group. When analysing results from the IIEF survey significantly lower total scores were present for all components of the survey in the patient as compared to the group of healthy men (p<0.05).
Evaluation of Erectile Function and Quality of Life in Patients Undergoing Methadone Maintenance Treatment, Science Journal of Clinical Medicine.
Vol. 6, No. 5,
2017, pp. 68-73.
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