Screening for sexual dissatisfaction among people with type 2 diabetes in primary care

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Aims: The identification and discussion of sexual care needs in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in primary care is currently insufficient. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of sexual dissatisfaction, sexual problems and need for help by using a screening instrument among people with T2DM in primary care. Methods: Data were collected in 45 general practices in the Netherlands from January 2015 to February 2016. The Brief Sexual Symptom Checklist (BSSC) was used to screen among 40-75 year old men and women. Results: In total, 786 people with T2DM (66.5% men) were screened. The prevalence of sexual dissatisfaction was 36.6%, significantly higher among men than among women (41.1% vs. 27.8%). Sexually dissatisfied men most often reported erectile dysfunction (71.6%); for sexually dissatisfied women, low sexual desire (52.8%) and lubrication problems (45.8%) were most common. More than half of all dissatisfied people had a need for care (61.8%), significantly more men than women (66.8% vs. 47.2%). Conclusions: One third of people with T2DM is sexually dissatisfied and more than half of these people report a need for help. The BSSC could be used a tool to proactively identify sexually dissatisfied people in primary care. (C) 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1614-1619
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of diabetes and its complications
Issue number11
Early online date2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


  • Care needs
  • Primary care
  • Screening
  • Sexual dissatisfaction
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Type 2 diabetes

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