Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Steven Corbin


Toe treatment of erectile dysfunction has improved dramatically over the past decade, including the revolutionary introduction of PDE-5 inhibitors (i.e. sildenafil citrate or Viagra). As improved treatments have been presented to the public, an increasing number of men are seeking treatment for ED. This national survey of urologists is intended to address specific questions regarding how urologists make decisions in treating erectile dysfunction. ln addition to conventional areas of interest, such as the impact of side effects and determining the motivation for ED patients to seek treatment, this survey addresses how the treatment of ED relates to the specific condition causing the loss of erectile function. This survey also questions if and when second line strategies are preferred for primary treatment of erectile dysfunction, and whether patients prefer short or long-term treatment options. A review of current clinical literature is provided to both support and question the results of this survey. Primary findings were that certain treatments were preferred for certain root causes of erectile dysfunction. Results also - indicated that referrals from healthcare providers and word of mouth were the top two factors influencing patients to seek treatment of ED by a urologist. Other survey findings are presented in the following sections.

Year of Submission



Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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