[Truncated abstract] Chapter 1 contains an introduction to the Author's research project and a list of publications related to the thesis. Details of the research project and the resources used are described in this chapter as well as the references cited. Listed in Chapter 1 are the four articles which have been published in recent issues of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and one article which has been accepted for publication in the same journal. The sixth article has just been published in The Aging Male. These publications, of which the Author of this thesis is the lead contributor, represent the respective link chapters in the thesis. The research project is described in Chapter 1. It has as its main focus the epidemiology of male erectile dysfunction (ED) in Western Australia (WA) and its association with sociodemographic and lifestyle factors and with cardiovascular (CV) disease. It also includes the investigation of ED as a predictor of subsequent atherosclerotic CV events in a linked-data study. Chapter 2 describes the epidemiology of ED in WA. It contains the details of a previous study on ED among attendees at randomly selected general medical practices and a comprehensive description of a population-based cross-sectional study, the Western Australia Men's Health Study (WAMHS). The Author was the principal investigator of both of these epidemiological studies on ED in WA. The findings from the WAMHS show that ED is a prevalent, age-related and under-treated condition in WA and confirms an intimate nexus between ED and CV disease. The study also provides evidence that cigarette smoking is an independent risk factor for ED. In contrast, alcohol consumption, another common lifestyle factor, appears to be associated with lower odds of ED if the drinker observes the current Australian National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines for low-risk drinking.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2009|