Patient-reported erectile dysfunction: A cross-validation study

Mark D. Ackerman, John P. D'Attilio, Michael H. Antoni, Robert K. Rhamy, David Weinstein, Victor A. Politano

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Previous work highlighting a significant correspondence between patient-reported sex history information and physiological indices of erectile functioning was cross-validated. The matched sample comprised of 46 older male veterans presenting with erectile dysfunction, with many experiencing chronic physical illnesses. All subjects underwent a comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation, followed by 2 consecutive nights of in-hospital Rigiscan diagnostic monitoring, to evaluate penile rigidity, tumescence, and duration of erectile episodes. Stringent criteria were employed to control for confounding of Rigiscan results, with elimination from the study for affective, thought, or sleep disorders. Results from the multiple regression analyses showed that patient reports of AM erections and erectile quality accounted for significant proportions of the variance in the Rigiscan criterion measures, with 3 of the 4 R2 values falling within the Herzberg criterion for cross-validation. Results confirm the diagnostic significance of patient self-report for the population of older, chronically ill men who present with impaired erectile functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)603-618
Number of pages16
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1993


  • cross-validation
  • erectile dysfunction
  • self-report
  • sex history

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology(all)


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