Purpose: To evaluate the Quality of Life (QoL), overall satisfaction, neurodegenerative dimension, and the role of comorbidities among men diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease PD, Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) in the United States.
Design: This was an online-based, cross‐sectional survey study.
Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted to obtain men’s QoL perception of PD, ED, and BPH. A sample of males (N = 46), 40 years of age or older, completed validated questionnaires divided into three domains: International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5), International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS-8), and Parkinson’s Disease Questionnaire (PDQ-39). Chi-Square, and descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data.
Findings: Forty-six men were included. Of the responding men, 17 were Caucasian (37 %) and 16 were black (34%). The mean age of the men was 50.7 years, ranging from 40 to 80 years old. In this group of men, the degree of QoL was mild in 8.7 %, moderate in 27 %, and severe in 50%. Based on the responses to the questions, the severity of the symptoms is considered severe. The BPH symptoms score was 34.3 ± 8.2 (p < .05), the PD symptoms score was 157.1 ± 35.6 (p < .05), and the ED symptoms score was 13.4 ± 5.8 (p < .05).
Conclusion: Comorbidities advances evidence of deterioration of disease with age, meaning that at substantially older ages, comorbid men faced severe QoL associated with bradykinesia, rigidity, tremors, nocturia, and ED. Future work is needed to further assess this association.
Clinical Relevance: This study’s findings could be used as evidence to encourage caregivers to initiate fall and QoL precautions for men diagnosed with PD who presents with ED and BPH.
Published on: Mar 15, 2021 Pages: 7-15
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