Academic journal article International Journal of Communication Research

Paradigms and Particularities of Andrology Communication

Academic journal article International Journal of Communication Research

Paradigms and Particularities of Andrology Communication

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Communication in medicine is a process through which information is exchanged between physician and patient to form a trustworthy model so that they can mutually understand each other and make decisions that will lead to the eradication of the disease. In that communication, the doctor focuses his attention on the patient, creates an environment that protects the dignity of the patient, prefers to confidentiality and is constantly concerned about his state of well being. At the same time, the patient is to openly dialogue and be cooperative with the doctor, to present in detail the symptoms he has. If necessary, a family member or other trusted person can represent him in the discussion with the doctor (PACURAR, n.d.). Patient typology and physician-patient communication techniques are known and published (SINIŢCHI, 2014). Andrology is a field of medicine that has appeared relatively recently since the 1960s and is defined as the science of man, just as gynecology is science about woman. Andrology does not only address male specific diseases, primarily intimate, but also physiological aspects of male health. Unlike other medical sciences, such as dentistry, surgery, etc., where the patient usually addresses because it hurts directly, andrology examines, diagnoses and treats diseases that are not seen and often not felt, but which can affect the state of the individual and even the society with often unpredictable consequences. Communication in andrology therefore has some specific aspects and requires different approaches to classical physician-patient communication. Andrology studies the intimate life of the man, regardless of his age. Sexuality is not just the prerogative of young people. Traditionally, the Romanian people are guided by the Orthodox Christian morality, which preaches the love and love of men, their nearness to the soul. According to Christian morality sexuality is restrained, body love, intimate life are kept under the seals of decency. The contemporary society is transparent and open, the world lives in the era of liberalism, where the morality of consumption and pleasure come first. Prejudices, caused by incomprehensible meanings, feelings of shyness, accompanied by the lack of elementary knowledge in the field of andrology, influence: the state of family psychosomatic health; male / female relationships that are at the foundation of the family; communication in both the couple and the vertical line andrologist-patient, patient-doctor of divrese specialties.

The aim of the study presented in the paper is to analyze the roles and particularities of the andrological communication based on the sociological research carried out in the Republic of Moldova regarding the general and sexual health of the man: andrologist doctor - patient, patient - doctor of other specialties, healthy man - potential patient.


Sociological research was conducted in 2016 on a representative sample of 1,186 men aged 18-80. All respondents completed a questionnaire that included general questions, specific questions about the presence of already diagnosed diseases, known risk factors, smoking, alcohol, sedentary, etc., and special questions according to the BSSCMV questionnaires (Brief Sexual Symptom checklist: men version), IIFE (intranational index of erectile function), MSHQ - Male Sexual Health Questionaire (GIULIANO, 2013). The results were interpreted directly as well as correlations between the studied parameters.


The family status of men in study groups is varied. Most of the men questioned - 804 (67.8%) were married. The phenomenon of population migration in the Republic of Moldova has obvious social connotations, consequently in 73 cases (6.2%) the respondents stated that they are married, but the wives are abroad; single / celibate turned out to be 132 (11.1%); divorced or widowed, 91 (7.7%) men, and 192 (16.5%) had a partner, including 106 (8. …

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