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Int J Risk Saf Med. 2019 Aug 19. doi: 10.3233/JRS-191005. [Epub ahead of print]

Post-SSRI sexual dysfunction: Patient experiences of engagement with healthcare professionals.

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1
North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine, Bangor, Wales, UK.
2
David Braley and Nancy Gordon Chair of Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, ON, Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

A petition to the European Medicines Agency provided an opportunity to collect reports of a specific adverse event from patients and healthcare professionals, along with details of clinicians' attitudes when asked to endorse patient reports.

METHODS:

We approached a cohort of patients reporting post-SSRI sexual dysfunction (PSSD) to an adverse event reporting website, RxISK.org. The responses of patients on their interactions with healthcare professionals were subject to a qualitative analysis.

RESULTS:

A total of 62 participants from 23 countries provided details of their experiences. While some had received support and validation of their condition, many described a number of difficulties including a lack of awareness or knowledge about PSSD, not being listened to, receiving unsympathetic or inappropriate responses, and a refusal to engage with the published medical literature.

CONCLUSIONS:

Healthcare professionals are nervous about or reluctant to engage with novel problems on a treatment. This is not widely appreciated and the reasons for this concern are not understood.

KEYWORDS:

Post-SSRI sexual dysfunction (PSSD); antidepressants; erectile dysfunction; genital anaesthesia; selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

PMID:
31450514
DOI:
10.3233/JRS-191005

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