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The Brief Profile of Female Sexual Function (B-PFSF)

The B-PFSF was developed by the team working with Proctor and Gamble Pharmaceuticals (now defunct) on the development of Intrinsa, the testerone patch for women with Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD). Authors are John Rust, Len Derogatis, Cynthia Rodenberg, Pat Koochaki, Sonja Schmitt and Susan Golombok. It was derived from the longer PFSF used by P&G for their clinical trials.

The B-PFSF is a seven-item instrument that has been found to provide good discrimination between postmenopausal women with Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) and controls and is a reliable and valid tool. Ninety-six percent of women with HSDD and 97% of controls women in an independent validation were classified correctly using the identified cut-off score. It is designed as a self administered screening tool.

Publications (B-PFSF)

Rust, J., Derogatis, L., Rodenberg, C, Koochaki, P., Schmitt, S. and Golombok, S. (2007) Development and validation of a new screening tool for hypoactive sexual desire disorder: The Brief Profile of Female Sexual Function (B-PFSF)Gynecological Endocrinology, 23(11), 638-644.

Publications (PFSF)

Derogatis, L, Rust, J., Golombok, S., Bouchard, C., Nachtigal, L. Rodenberg, C., Kuzniki, J. & McHorney, C. (2004) Validation of the Profile of Female Sexual Function (B-PFSF) in surgically and naturally menopausal womenJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy. 20(1), 25-36.

McHorney, C. A., Rust, J., Golombok, S., Davis, S., Bouchard, C., Brown, C., Basson, R., Sarti, C. D., Kuznicki, J., Rodenberg, C. & Derogatis, L. (2004) The Profile of Female Sexual Function (PFSF): A patient-based, international, psychometric instrument for the assessment of hypoactive sexual desire in oophorectomized womenMenopause, 11(4), 474-483.

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