Predictive correlation between the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) and Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM): implications for calculating a derived SHIM for clinical use
ABSTRACT Validated questionnaires are used to assess postoperative continence, sexual function, and other quality-of-life issues after radical prostatectomy. The International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) is one such well-tested inventory that is routinely used. However, some centers use the Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM) or the IIEF-6 to record erectile function, and comparison between the three can be difficult.
To define if there was a predictive correlation between IIEF (or IIEF-6) and SHIM, and to explore a strategy for the use of an abbreviated and rapid functional assessment of erectile function in patients.
Preoperative and postoperative IIEF questionnaires from the robotic prostatectomy program at our institution were included in the study. The total IIEF, IIEF-6, and SHIM scores were calculated and correlations between the three were sought. We also looked at the feasibility of using only two questions from the IIEF with an aim of calculating both the SHIM and IIEF scores.
The power to differentiate between patients with SHIM >or=22 from those with SHIM <or=21 for (i) the ratio allowing direct conversion of IIEF (or IIEF-6) to SHIM; and (ii) a two-question-based recalculation of SHIM.
Two hundred seventy-five questionnaires were available for review. If the total IIEF score is known, the IIEF-derived SHIM score can be calculated by dividing the total IIEF score by a factor of 2.8 and then rounding off to a whole number. Furthermore, we have shown that an abbreviated questionnaire using Q5 and Q15 of the IIEF can be used to calculate the SHIM scores (two-question-SHIM).
We described an easy way to calculate the SHIM score when the IIEF (or IIEF-6) score alone is known. The two-question model can be used for a rapid assessment of the patients' sexual function.
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- "To evaluate their baseline ED, the Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM-5) questionnaire was used at the baseline visit and after 2 months, with threshold scores set as no ED > 22, mild 17–21, moderate 8–16, and severe ED < 7  . The questions were preceded by 'over the past 4 weeks' and not 'over the past 6 months' as in the original version. "
ABSTRACT: Objective To investigate the effect of chronic use of sildenafil and intracavernous injection (ICI) with trimix in men not responding to on-demand monotherapy with sildenafil or ICI with prostaglandin-E1 (PGE1). Patients and methods The study included 40 patients with erectile dysfunction (ED), with a mean (SD) age of 50.7 (11.3) years and unresponsive to on-demand sildenafil or ICI with PGE1 as monotherapy. They were assessed using the Sexual Health in Men (SHIM)-5 score for ED severity, penile colour Doppler ultrasonography (CDUS) for peak systolic velocity (PSV), end-diastolic velocity (EDV) and resistance index (RI) with an ICI test using 0.25 mL of trimix of papaverine, PGE1 and phentolamine. Testosterone, prolactin and cholesterol levels were assessed. Patients received 25 mg sildenafil daily for 8 weeks, combined with twice weekly ICI with 0.25 mL of trimix. After treatment, the Erection Hardness Score (EHS), penile CDUS with ICI and ED Inventory of Treatment Satisfaction were assessed. Results The mean (SD) SHIM-5 score before treatment was 8.3 (0.5) in 15 of the 40 men and 6.3 (0.4) in 25. Penile haemodynamics were normal in five (13%), showed arterial insufficiency in five (13%), venous occlusive disease in 26 (65%) and mixed vascular in four (10%). There was an improved SHIM-5 score in 28 (70%) patients, as shown by their haemodynamic values, duration of erection and EHS with therapy, and 66% satisfaction with treatment. Adverse effects (penile pain, headache, facial flushing, dyspepsia, nasal congestion, dizziness) were reported in 17 patients (43%). Conclusion Chronic use of trimix plus daily low-dose sildenafil improved penile haemodynamics in these patients with ED not responding to on-demand phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors or ICI with PGE1 monotherapy.06/2011; Volume 9, 153–158(2):153-158. DOI:10.1016/j.aju.2011.06.008
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ABSTRACT: IntroductionRace and ethnicity are important factors in health-related quality of life (QOL) because of racial differences in preferences for, and trust in, health systems. Such factors are likely to affect QOL and patient satisfaction with care. ResultsUsing a self-reported questionnaire, Japanese men with prostate cancer reported lower sexual function scores at baseline. In detail, Japanese men were more likely than American men to report poor sexual desire, poor erection ability, poor overall ability to function sexually, poor ability to attain orgasm, poor quality of erections, infrequency of erections, infrequency of morning erections, and intercourse in the previous 4weeks. However, Japanese men were less likely than American men to be concerned about their sexual function. Twoyears after surgery, American patients were more likely than Japanese patients to regain their baseline sexual function. The use of phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors has been widely publicized as the solution to erectile dysfunction after prostate cancer treatment. Although PDE-5 inhibitors have been available in Japan since 1999, it is striking that Japanese men with localized prostate cancer are much less likely (only 10%) to use PDE-5 inhibitors than American men. ConclusionJapanese patients with localized prostate cancer report worse sexual function but are less concerned about their reduced function. In the absence of a biological explanation for such differences, however, we suspect that cultural differences may explain the differences between QOL survey results from Japanese or American men with prostate cancer. KeywordsProstatic neoplasms–Quality of life–Erectile dysfunction–Cross-cultural comparative studyReproductive Medicine and Biology 06/2011; 10(2):59-68. DOI:10.1007/s12522-011-0076-7
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ABSTRACT: It is increasingly realized that discussing sexuality is an important issue in the holistic care for cardiac patients. In this review article, the conditions of a good assessment of sexual problems are identified such as creating an appropriate environment, ensuring confidentiality, and using appropriate language. Second, we present different styles and approaches that can be used to start the assessment, differing between settings, persons, or disciplines. The PLISSIT (permission, limited information, specific suggestion, and intensive therapy) model can be helpful to initiate discussion about sexuality with the cardiac patient and his/her partner. This model is a stepwise approach using various levels of discussion or treatment. Open-ended question can facilitate discussion about sexual concerns, and validated questionnaires or diaries can be used to assess sexual problems. Patients with sexual concerns and problems should be counseled and/or treated appropriately, and adequate follow-up is needed. Additional training and research are needed to further improve the quality of sexual assessment and counseling in cardiac patients.The Journal of cardiovascular nursing 01/2010; 25(2):159-64. DOI:10.1097/JCN.0b013e3181c60e7c