The results of the survey show that 87 % of men want to take a more proactive role in managing their health and that as many as 6 out of 7 men are confident in managing their own health and feel like they know what to do when they have a health problem. These findings are in sharp contrast to commonly held beliefs that men don’t tend to look after themselves and often ignore health problems.
Another interesting finding shows that whilst men have confidence in healthcare providers, they are not yet taking full advantage of some key sources of information and advice; while 80% of men believe that pharmacists can deal with a non-life threatening health problem and 55% of men agree there is plentiful information online to help them choose the right medication, half of all men cite visiting a doctor as their first response when faced with a health problem.
Experts agree that the findings are important, and the enthusiasm that men are now showing to take control could represent a significant opportunity, particularly if men are supported and empowered to do so through activities promoting greater health literacy and lifestyle change.
“Globally, men’s life expectancy is currently around six years fewer than women’s but this gap can be narrowed by initiatives to improve their health,” says Peter Baker, Director of Global Action on Men’s Health (GAMH). “The survey provides important insights and indicates some major opportunities, especially for policymakers who are looking for ways to deliver more efficient and effective healthcare to men.”
The survey “Men’s Health: Perceptions from Around the Globe” is one of the largest global studies ever undertaken to explore men’s perceptions to health. It was commissioned by Sanofi Consumer Healthcare in collaboration with Global Action on Men’s Health (GAMH) and its members the Men’s Health Network (MHN, US), Men’s Health Forum (MHF, UK), Australian Men’s Health Forum (AMHF), and Men’s Health Education Council (MHEC), and was released on 16 November 2016, coinciding with International Men’s Day on 19 November.
For more detailed info and for the full report please visit http://gamh.org/men4selfcare/