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From literature to clinical practice: which hints sexologists should take from the evidence-based medicine?


Speaker: Annamaria Giraldi

Content and Aim

We all want to use the evidence-based approaches to assessment and treatment of sexual problems. In that we rely on the published and reviewed literature to implement best evidence.
However – many treatments in clinical sexology haven’t been investigated in larger scale studies, the evidence can be unclear, our patient groups may not be the same studied or may have more complex presentations than in published literature. In addition – some treatments make a lot of sense when using clinical experiences and practice, or when relying on knowledge obtained from other fields though we cannot show larger scale effects in large studies. Furthermore, the clinical approach may be to combine treatments, which is rarely don in research studies.
The speaker will present and discuss some important publications relating to treatment of sexual problems in men and women, how we can use them and answer questions from the audience. The presented papers will be available for the audience.


Professor Giraldi is Senior Consultant in Psychiatry in the Sexological Clinic at Psychiatric Center Copenhagen and Professor of Clinical Sexology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, where she also received her medical degree and PhD.
Professor Giraldi has been involved in the field of sexual medicine for many years, educating medical students, nurses, physicians and psychologists in sexual medicine.
Professor Giraldi has been involved in basic research on vascular and smooth muscle function in male and female sexual responses, clinical research on the pharmacological treatment of erectile dysfunction and female sexual desire and arousal disorders as well as in research on somatic disease, psychiatric problems and sexuality.
Clinically Professor Giraldi works with men, women and couples with sexual dysfunctions as well with transgender care.
Professor Giraldi has published more than 100 papers, editorials and book chapters in the field of male and female sexual medicine. She is Deputy Editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and has served as an Associate Editor for Sexual and Relationship Therapy and Sexual Medicine Among her many professional affiliations, Professor Giraldi was previously President of both the Scandinavian Society for Sexual Medicine and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, where she has also served on the Board and Scientific Committee. In addition, she was Chair of the subcommittee on Female Sexual Health for the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM), where she now sits on the faculty panel for the ESSM School of Sexual Medicine. Professor Giraldi is President-Elect of ISSM of the International Society for Sexual Medicine.

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