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Sex Med. 2019 Aug 7. pii: S2050-1161(19)30083-2. doi: 10.1016/j.esxm.2019.06.011. [Epub ahead of print]

Testosterone Management in Aging Males: Surveying Clinical Practices of Urologists and Endocrinologists in Israel.

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1
Endocrine Unit, Haemek Medical Center, Afula, Israel; B. Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Electronic address: ishay_av@clalit.org.il.
2
Department of Urology, Haemek Medical Center, Afula, Israel.
3
Endocrine Unit, Haemek Medical Center, Afula, Israel.
4
Statistic Unit, Haemek Medical Center, Afula, Israel.
5
B. Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel; Department of Urology, Haemek Medical Center, Afula, Israel.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Although there is increased public concern about low testosterone levels in aging men, the diagnosis and treatment of hypogonadism in this growing population is controversial.

AIM:

To document the current practices of endocrinologists and urologists in the management of older men with low testosterone in Israel.

METHODS:

A 20-question survey of the management of hypogonadism was sent to members of the Israel Endocrine Society and the Israeli Urology Association MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Participants were interviewed about their practice in diagnostic workup, prescription habits and monitoring of testosterone therapy.

RESULTS:

The response rate was low (range 8-12%). Significant differences were found between members of the 2 professional associations. Overall, endocrinologists take a more conservative approach to the diagnosis and initial workup, modes of treatment, and to concerns about the safety of testosterone therapy. A divergence from the published clinical guidelines was also noted in some aspects of the clinical practices in both groups.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:

Significant variances in the diagnosis and treatment approach of hypogonadism between endocrinologists and urologists, as well as divergences from clinical guidelines, may lead to misuse of testosterone therapy.

STRENGTHS & LIMITATIONS:

This is the first study undertaken in Israel among urologists and endocrinologists of this increasingly recognized health issue. In our country, these 2 groups of physicians comprise nearly all of the testosterone treatment providers. The limitation of this study is linked to bias of all surveys based on subjective reporting, the fact that it was performed in only 1 country, and that we did not control for the specific assay used to measure testosterone levels.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings highlight the need for the implementation of coordinated guidelines to facilitate the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of men who can benefit from testosterone therapy and to minimize the risks of this therapy. Ishay A, Tzemah S, Nitzan R, et al. Testosterone Management in Aging Males: Surveying Clinical Practices of Urologists and Endocrinologists in Israel. Sex Med 2019;XX:XXX-XXX.

KEYWORDS:

Clinical Practice; Survey; Testosterone Management

PMID:
31400964
DOI:
10.1016/j.esxm.2019.06.011
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