Andrea Burri

Andrea Burri
Private Institute for Sex Counselling and Sexual Sciences

PhD

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Introduction
Epidemiology and Genetic Epidemiology (Twin Modelling, GWAS, Epigenetics) Sexual Health Somatoform Disorders
Additional affiliations
January 2018 - present
European Institute for Sexual Health (EISH)
Position
  • Head of Department
March 2016 - November 2017
Auckland University of Technology
Position
  • Fellow
January 2013 - May 2016
University of Zurich
Position
  • SNF Ambizione Fellow

Publications

Publications (147)
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Objective: Menopause-related symptoms can strongly affect health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in most peri-menopausal women. The aim of the present study was to explore the psychometric properties of a culturally adapted and translated Persian version of the Menopause Rating Scale (MRS). Study design: The study was conducted on a random sampl...
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Background Opportunities and pitfalls of e-health have been described and assessed in various health domains, but in the field of sexual health, the respective literature is limited. Aim The aim of this document is to present the European Society of Sexual Medicine’s (ESSM) current position statement on e-sexual health. Methods This statement art...
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Autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD) are the most common group of autoimmune diseases, associated with lymphocyte infiltration and the production of thyroid autoantibodies, like thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPOAb), in the thyroid gland. Immunoglobulins and cell-surface receptors are glycoproteins with distinctive glycosylation patterns that play a...
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Introduction: Postcoital dysphoria (PCD) is a condition characterized by inexplicable feelings of tearfulness, sadness, and/or irritability. Previous research has mostly focused on these 3 symptoms, failing to explore other symptoms that can occur after sexual activity. Aim: The aim of the present study was to get a more in-depth understanding o...
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Introduction Painful sexual intercourse or dyspareunia is a common complaint among women, affecting 12–21% of premenopausal women. Recent studies have begun to focus on the role of fear avoidance and pain catastrophizing (PC) in genital pain and have consistently highlighted the importance of psych-affective factors in sexual pain. Aim To establis...
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Introduction: Peyronie's disease (PD) is a progressive and devastating penile disorder that often results in severe penile curvature with penile shrinking, making vaginal insertion difficult or even impossible. Until now, in contrast to other penile disorders such as erectile dysfunction, PD is characterized by a paucity of conservative treatment...
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Background Human masturbation is and has been a very heatedly and controversially discussed topic in human sexuality. Studies investigating aspects of human masturbatory behavior and female sexual pleasure remain scarce. This lack of knowledge opens the door to further controversies and misconceptions. Aim To conduct an explorative study on female...
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Very few studies have investigated the relationship between women’s ability to experience an orgasm during vaginal intercourse and specific stimulation techniques. We examined two common techniques during vaginal intercourse both with and without simultaneous external clitoral stimulation: (1) body movement, in particular back-and-forth swinging mo...
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Introduction: Although links between ejaculatory control or intravaginal ejaculatory latency time and female sexual functioning have frequently been reported in the past, no study has investigated the importance of other male ejaculatory characteristics, such as ejaculation volume and intensity, for women's sexuality. Aim: To assess the importan...
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The aim of the present study was to investigate which PD specific factors (e.g., degree of penile curvature, levels of pain) cause most distress and to further explore whether there are specific subgroups of patients that report particularly high levels of psychological distress. Data were available for N = 119 men with a clinical diagnosis of PD p...
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Autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD) are the most common group of autoimmune diseases, associated with lymphocyte infiltration and the production of thyroid autoantibodies, like thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPOAb), in the thyroid gland. Immunoglobulins (Igs) and cell-surface receptors are glycoproteins with distinctive glycosylation patterns that p...
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Introduction: Besides erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation (PE) is the most frequent male sexual disorder and shows a high level of bother and distress. The negative consequences of long-term and unsuccessfully treated PE on both patient and partner are well established in the literature and include personal distress, impairment of the part...
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Background While genetic influences on chronic pain have been repeatedly demonstrated, we do not know whether these effects are stable or dynamic over time. Aims To determine the temporal pattern of genetic and environmental effects to individual differences in chronic pain over 12 years, using a sample of N = 961 female twins. Methods Data on ch...
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The recent article published by Dr Watter, "Existential Issues in Sexual Medicine: The Relation Between Death Anxiety and Hypersexuality," 1 deals with an interesting issue: the unique relation between death and sexuality. Existential psychotherapy is the main perspective on which the article is focused, as can be seen in Dr Watter's choice of word...
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The objective of the present study was to establish the heritability of pain catastrophizing and its subdomains of helplessness, magnification, and rumination and to further explore the genetic and environmental sources that may contribute to pain catastrophizing as well as to its commonly reported psycho-affective correlates, including neuroticism...
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Path diagram of the best fitting AE Cholesky model depicting the sources of additive genetic variance and covariance (A1-A3) between neuroticism, anxiety sensitivity, fear of pain, and pain catastrophizing in a subsample of men (N = 332). Standardized factor loadings with 95% confidence interval are displayed. Squaring the loadings and multiplying...
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Phenotypic correlations between the main study variables in the male subsample (N = 332). (DOCX)
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Genetic and environmental correlations across the three PCS subdomains, as well as for pain catastrophizing, neuroticism, anxiety sensitivity, and fear of pain in a subsample of men (N = 332). (DOCX)
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Results of the model comparison for pain catastrophizing, neuroticism, anxiety sensitivity, and fear of pain among the full Cholesky models and the sub-models in a subsample of men (N = 332). (DOCX)
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Path diagram of the best fitting AE Cholesky model depicting the sources of environmental variance and covariance (E1-E3) between neuroticism, anxiety sensitivity, fear of pain, and pain catastrophizing in a subsample of men (N = 332). Standardized factor loadings with 95% confidence interval are displayed. Squaring the loadings and multiplying the...
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Sociodemographic characteristics and main study variables of the overall sample of men (N = 332) and by zygosity. (DOCX)
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Results of the model comparison for the three subdomains of pain catastrophizing (helplessness, magnification, rumination) in a subsample of men (N = 332). (DOCX)
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Background: Genetic factors have been implicated in the etiology of female sexual dysfunction. Yet, how much the dynamic nature of sexual functioning is influenced by changes in genetic and/or environmental factors remains unknown. Aim: To explore temporal stability of genetic and environmental influences on female sexual functioning over a 4-ye...
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Aim: The aim of the present observational study was to provide a description of the demographic, psychological and pain characteristics of patients attending the Waitemata Pain Services (WPS), Auckland, New Zealand. Method: Data were collected via a comprehensive paper-pencil questionnaire handed out to 798 consecutive new patients seen at the W...
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Previous research has shown that cumulative childhood traumatic events are stronger predictors of sexual disturbances than childhood sexual abuse. Additional factors are likely to influence this relationship. Whereas socio-interpersonal factors such as interpersonal sensitivity have repeatedly been shown to be salutogenic in the aftermath of trauma...
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Background: To date, neither the original English nor any of the translated versions of the Sexual Complaints Screener for Women (SCS-W) have been tested for their psychometric properties. Aim: To evaluate the validity and utility of the German version of the SCS-W by assessing content, convergent, and discriminant validity. Methods: A populat...
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Premature ejaculation (PE) is a common complaint of male sexual dysfunction affecting men and their partners and consequently causing significant personal and interpersonal distress. Increased sensitivity of the glans penis and abnormalities of the afferent-efferent reflex pathway within the ejaculatory process are involved in the occurrence of PE....
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People with epilepsy (PWE) are highly likely to suffer from sexual dysfunction, and dealing with this issue is a challenge for healthcare providers. Unfortunately, there is no theory-driven study that has investigated the counseling practice of healthcare providers for sexual problems in PWE. Therefore, we decided to apply the well-established Theo...
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Background: Research has repeatedly suggested genetic and environmental factors in the etiology underlying female sexual dysfunction (FSD). Because sexual functioning is a highly variable trait, epigenetics could provide a promising approach to tackle the origins of FSD and consequently offer a step-change in our understanding of these problems....
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Jasmine I Kerr,1 Andrea Burri,1–3 1Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland; 2Department of Physiotherapy, Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute, Auckland University of Technology, 3Waitemata Pain Service, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, North Shore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand Abstract: The...
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: To assess the role of anxiety, depressive mood and religious coping in erectile function among Iranian patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). SETTING: Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Repair Research Center, Neuroscience Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. METHODS: A sample of N=93 men with SCI particip...
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Chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain (CWP) is a condition manifesting varied co-symptomatology and considerable heterogeneity in symptom profiles. This poses an obstacle for disease definition and effective treatment. Latent class analysis (LCA) provides an opportunity to find subtypes of cases in multivariate data. In this study, LCA was used t...
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Background: Increased tender spots and lowered general pain thresholds have been observed in patients with dyspareunia. Based on this, the aim of the study was to compare the co-occurrence of female sexual pain across various pain populations and to further explore the aetiological structure underlying sexual pain by dissecting the genetic and env...
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This study aimed to clarify whether there are shared genetic and/or environmental factors explaining the strong link between pain catastrophizing (PC) and chronic widespread pain (CWP). Data were available for N = 1,109 female twins from TwinsUK. Information on self-reported CWP and PC was subject to variance component twin analysis. Heritabilities...
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Background: Pregnant women and their fetus belong to a sensitive group in response to air pollution hazards. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a theory-based educational program to change pollution exposure behavior in pregnant women. Methods: In this randomized controlled trial, pregnant women attending a prenatal clini...
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Background: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TSCM) has detrimental effects on both physical and psychological health of sufferers. However, little is known whether TSCM also affects sexual functioning in female patients. Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate psychological distress (depression and anxiety), health-related quality of life, and se...
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Andrea Burri,1–3 Michèle Blank Gebre,4 Guy Bodenmann1 1Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland; 2Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute, Auckland University of Technology, 3Waitemata Pain Service, Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, North Shore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand; 4Private Practice, Z...
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Background Childhood trauma is associated with increased vulnerability to mental and somatic disorders later in life. Epigenetic modifications such as DNA methylation are one potential mechanism through which such long-lasting impairments/consequences can be explained. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether childhood trauma is asso...
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Background Depression and chronic pain are the two most important causes of disability (Global Burden of Disease Study 2013). They occur together more frequently than expected and both conditions have been shown to be co-morbid with cardiovascular disease. Although shared socio-demographic risk factors (e.g. gender, deprivation) might explain the c...
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Unadjusted and adjusted ORs of angina, depression and chronic pain within sib1 subset, GS:SFHS. (PDF)
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Unadjusted and adjusted ORs for co-occurrence of the same trait overall and within same-gender sibling-pairs, GS:SFHS. (PDF)
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Unadjusted and adjusted ORs for cross-trait analysis of angina, depression and chronic pain overall and within same-gender sibling-pairs, GS:SFHS. (PDF)
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Model comparison between the full ACE Cholesky and the best balance of model fit with parsimony for chronic pain± and cardiovascular disease (n = 2,902): Twins UK. (PDF)
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The effect of depression and/or angina on the occurrence of chronic pain in GS: SFHS overall and stratified according to gender. (PDF)
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The effect of depression on the occurrence of chronic pain and/or angina in the GS:SFHS “unrelated” subgroup (n = 9,163) and stratified according to gender. (PDF)
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Unadjusted and adjusted ORs for co-occurrence of the same trait within sibling-pairs in GS:SFHS (PDF)
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The effect of comorbidity on the occurrence of depression and/or angina in GS: SFHS overall and stratified according to gender. (PDF)
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The effect of chronic pain on the occurrence of depression and/or angina in the “unrelated” GS:SFHS subgroup (n = 9,163) and stratified according to gender. (PDF)
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The effect of angina on the occurrence of depression and/or chronic pain in the GS:SFHS “unrelated” subgroup (n = 9,163) and stratified according to gender. (PDF)
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Purpose: To apply the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) and the two additional concepts self-stigma and perceived barriers to the help-seeking behavior for sexual problems in women with epilepsy. Methods: In this 18-month follow-up study, TPB elements, including attitude, subjective norm, perceived behavioral control, and behavioral intention alo...
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to understand the mediating effects of female sexual functioning in the association between medication adherence and quality of life (QoL) in Iranian women with epilepsy (WWE). Methods: Women's sexual functioning was measured using Female Sexual Function Index; QoL using Quality of Life in Epilepsy; epileps...
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Introduction: The recent approval of flibanserin to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder in premenopausal women has once again fueled the ongoing debate about medicalization of female sexual problems and the necessity of such a drug. Aim: To investigate women's attitudes toward sexuality-boosting medication (SBM) and the role of factors poten...
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Background Patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery are required to take a complex regimen of medications for extended periods, and they may have negative outcomes because they struggle to adhere to this regimen. Designing effective interventions to promote medication adherence in this patient group is therefore important. Ob...
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Introduction: Despite awareness of the importance of psycho-affective factors in the development of sexual problems, there is a lack of studies exploring the relation of sexual sensation seeking (SSS) and sexual compulsivity (SC) to sexual functioning. Because sex differences in SSS and SC have been reported, gender identity (GI; an individual's o...
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Background Chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain (CWP) is the cardinal symptom of fibromyalgia and affects about 12% of the general population. Familial aggregation of CWP has been repeatedly demonstrated with estimated heritabilities of around 50%, indicating a genetic susceptibility. The objective of the study was to explore genome-wide disease...
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Differences in DNA methylation values (Δβ) of unaffected minus CWP-affected twin for cg06782035 located at MARCH11 (upper panel) and cg05224642 located at BANP (lower panel). (DOCX)
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The discontinuation rate with phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5i) remains very high. The aim of this study was to review and meta-analyze currently available data regarding dropout of the first-generation of PDE5i including sildenafil, vardenafil, and tadalafil. An extensive Medline Embase and Cochrane search was performed including the fol...
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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with increased risk for age-related diseases and early mortality. Accelerated biological aging could contribute to this elevated risk. The aim of the present study was to assess buccal cell telomere length (BTL) – a proposed marker of biological age – in men and women with and without PTSD. The rol...
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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with increased risk for age-related diseases and early mortality. Accelerated biological aging could contribute to this elevated risk. The aim of the present study was to assess buccal cell telomere length (BTL) – a proposed marker of biological age – in men and women with and without PTSD. The rol...
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Background: Male sexual dysfunction is an increasing problem across a variety of general and clinical populations, such as cancer populations; especially among prostate cancer patients who tend to receive treatments that often result in erectile dysfunction (ED) and/or premature ejaculation (PE). Therefore, in order to diagnose ED and PE in these...
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Background: To investigate the prevalence of premature ejaculation (PE) and erectile dysfunction (ED) in a sample of patients with prostate cancer and to determine the utility of the previously suggested cutoffs of the Premature Ejaculation Diagnostic Tool (PEDT) for the diagnosis of PE and that of International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5)...
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Introduction: Certain sexual health problems in men can be attributed to genital self-image. Therefore, a culturally adapted version of a Male Genital Self-Image Scale (MGSIS) could help health professionals understand this concept and its associated correlates. Aim: To translate the original English version of the MGSIS into Persian and to assess...
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Objectives: To assess the role of anxiety, depressive mood and religious coping in erectile function among Iranian patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). Setting: Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Repair Research Center, Neuroscience Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Methods: A sample of N=93 men with SCI participated...
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Background: A key focus in cancer research is the discovery of biomarkers that accurately diagnose early lesions in non-invasive tissues. Several studies have identified malignancy-associated DNA methylation changes in blood, yet no general cancer biomarker has been identified to date. Here, we explore the potential of blood DNA methylation as a b...
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Introduction: The discontinuation rate with phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5i) remains very high. Recently, a new PDE5ì, avanafil, has become available worldwide. Areas covered. All placebo-controlled randomized clinical trials (RCTs) on the effect of avanafil in patients with ED were reviewed and meta-analyzed. So far, 5 different RCTs o...
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Background: Chronic widespread muscoloskeletal pain (CWP) is prevalent in the general population and associated with high health care costs, so understanding the risk factors for chronic pain is important for both those affected and for society. In the present study we investigated the underlying etiological structure of CWP to understand better t...