Surveys

The SMSNA supports the collection of data by vetting and approving survey instruments on a variety of topics related to sexual medicine. Surveys are vetted by the Educational Projects Committee, which uses the criteria established by the Journal of Sexual Medicine for evaluating the content and the instrument itself.

Active Surveys


Intracavernosal Injections (ICI)

Disseminated by: Aaron Lentz, MD - Duke Urology of Raleigh

Who will this survey be distributed to?
All SMSNA Members

Who should take this survey?
Doctors

Intracavernosal injections (ICI) have been used to successfully treat men with erectile dysfunction since the 1980s. Our knowledge of this therapy has grown considerably over the last 40 years, but much is still unknown. Our aim is to assess current opinions on ICI therapy held by physicians with expertise in sexual medicine, prosthetics and reconstructive urology.

We hope to use this information as part of an Expert Opinion Article in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Assessing Provider Practices In Patient Orgasm Treatment

Disseminated by: Eliza Burr

Who will this survey be distributed to?
All SMSNA Members

Who should take this survey?
Basic Scientists, Doctors, Residents, Fellows, Early Career Professionals, RN's, PA's, CNP's, and Mental Health Providers.

We invite you to participate in a survey investigating the ways providers and researchers assess patients’ orgasm concerns. Your valuable participation will give us insight into best practices for assessing orgasmic health. We would appreciate your participation in the survey linked below. It will take no more than 15 minutes and is completely voluntary and anonymous. Thank you for contributing your knowledge and expertise!

Penile Enhancement Survey

Disseminated by: Dr. Elsayed Desouky

Who will this survey be distributed to?
All SMSNA Members

Who should take this survey?
Basic Scientists, CNP's, Doctors, Early Career Professionals, Fellows, Mental Health Professionals, Residents, RN's, and PA's

Exploring penile enhancement remains a complex topic within sexual medicine, generating diverse opinions among professionals. Despite discussions at events like SMSNA, the absence of explicit guidelines adds intricacy to the discourse. Dr. Levine, my mentor in fellowship, and I are initiating a survey to glean insights from healthcare practitioners. Our aim is to unravel the varied perspectives on penile enhancement and discern the underlying factors influencing support or opposition within our community. The survey acts as a systematic inquiry, probing the nuanced thoughts and considerations of healthcare professionals regarding penile enhancement. This approach allows for the identification of prevalent beliefs and ethical considerations, facilitating a comprehensive understanding of the current landscape. In the absence of definitive guidelines, this survey serves as a valuable tool for collating data and elucidating the complex web of opinions within the medical community. By systematically documenting professional viewpoints, we strive to contribute to the development of future guidelines, ensuring they align with the diverse perspectives within the specialized field of sexual medicine. Participation in the survey offers healthcare professionals an opportunity to actively contribute to the ongoing dialogue, shaping the trajectory of discussions and potential guidelines surrounding penile enhancement. Through this scientific exploration, we aim to provide a structured platform for professionals to articulate their perspectives, ultimately enriching the collective understanding of this intricate subject within the scientific community.

Chaperone Survey

Disseminated by: Dr. Elsayed Desouky

Who will this survey be distributed to?
All SMSNA Members

Who should take this survey?
Basic Scientists, CNP's, Doctors, Early Career Professionals, Fellows, Mental Health Professionals, Residents, RN's, and PA's

The integration of intimate physical examinations within our practice holds paramount significance, serving as a crucial component in the comprehensive care of patients. This pivotal aspect of healthcare was highlighted during a really interesting session at the recent SMSNA meeting, where I had the privilege to present. I presented the topic ( I Did No Harm: compliance with GMC guidelines for the use of chaperone).

The positive response from colleagues, including valuable insights from renowned experts such as Dr. Mulhall, further underscored the importance of exploring this facet of this topic. Building upon the momentum generated during the session, Dr. Mulhall and I engaged in discussions that led to the idea of a survey. This initiative found an enthusiastic support from esteemed professionals in the field, notably Dr. Khera and Dr. Levine, the latter is my mentor during my andrology fellowship. Their endorsement reflects the collective recognition of the need to delve deeper into the ethical dimensions surrounding the use of chaperones in intimate examinations.

The primary objective of the survey is to delve into the depth of our collective knowledge regarding the ethical guidelines governing the utilization of chaperones. As guardians of patient safety and advocates for healthcare providers at all levels, this research endeavor aims to shed light on the existing awareness and understanding within the medical community, particularly within the specialized domain of sexual medicine.

By undertaking this survey, we aspire not only to enhance our comprehension of the ethical nuances surrounding chaperone use but also to catalyze a broader awareness campaign within the realm of sexual medicine. The intention is to foster an environment where practitioners are well-informed and attuned to the ethical considerations surrounding intimate examinations, ultimately contributing to a higher standard of care and safeguarding the well-being of both patients and healthcare providers.

In essence, this survey represents a collaborative effort to fortify the ethical framework underpinning intimate physical examinations, thereby ensuring the delivery of healthcare that is not only clinically proficient but also ethically sound. Through the dissemination of our findings and the initiation of informed discussions, we aim to instigate positive change and contribute to the continuous evolution of ethical practices within urological and sexual medicine. 

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SMSNA Survey Dissemination

The option to disseminate a survey is a benefit of SMSNA membership. If you are a member of SMSNA, below are the guidelines for initiating a request and the process by which a survey is vetted and approved. This process is meant to facilitate fair and objective handling of all requests. Please allow up to 2-weeks for consideration.

If you are a nonprofit or an industry representative and want to disseminate a survey, please contact the SMSNA Executive Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

Process: Any survey proposed for dissemination to the SMSNA membership, including those surveys developed by Committees on behalf of the SMSNA, will requires the following:

  • Submission of a request (see link to the request form below)
  • Review and approval decision by the Educational Projects Committee
  • If the committee suggests revisions, these will need to be addressed prior to dissemination
  • If survey dissemination time frame exceeds 3-months, full Board approval is required
  • Acknowledgement that the results of a survey may not be recognized as a response on behalf of the Association on any specific topic

Dissemination:

  • Active surveys will be listed on a dedicated webpage on www.smsna.org including the survey title, description,  target population to take the survey, and collection dates.
  • Each approved survey will be promoted via SMSNA emailings and on social media (two times each) with a link to the survey webpage on www.smsna.org. Surveys will not be distributed via any dedicated email. 

Cost:

  • There is no cost for SMSNA members. 

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