For a study, researchers sought to ascertain if disclosure of erectile function was impacted by race or ethnicity.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey included data on erectile function, age, education, and prior medical history. Between racial/ethnic groupings, response rates to a single survey item about erectile function were computed and compared. In order to adjust for general non-responsiveness and urologic health literacy, 2 subgroups were made by excluding non-responders to inquiries regarding hypertension and prostate illness.

The final cohort included 4,694 guys in it. In all, 3,898 people (83.0%) replied to the survey question on erectile function. Overall answer rates to the Erectile function question were significantly influenced by race and ethnicity: non-Hispanic white subjects responded at 85.2%, non-Hispanic black respondents at 82.3%, Hispanic respondents at 81.2%, and non-Hispanic subjects at 64.8% (P<.001). Both groupings’ response rates were still highly correlated with race and ethnicity. After adjusting for age and education, multivariate logistic regression using the prostate disease subgroup revealed that non-Hispanic black (AOR = 2.02, 95% CI 1.01-4.03, P =.047) and Hispanic (AOR = 2.18, 95% CI 1.19-4.00, P = .012) participants were significantly more likely to not disclose their erectile function than non-Hispanic white participants.

An anonymous, nationally representative study found that non-Hispanic white men were much more willing to report their erectile function than non-Hispanic black and Hispanic men. In order to improve patient treatment and correctly research the results of urological operations, it was crucial to have a better knowledge of how cultural variations impact reporting of erectile function.