At talkhealth, we recognise that there are areas of men’s health that fall behind those in women’s health. Evidence spotlights that men are disproportionately affected by shorter life expectancy, increased risk of cardiovascular disease and weight issues. Despite this, men visit their GP around 20% less than women do and also demonstrate poorer symptom awareness than their female counterparts.
Making sure that everyone has equal access to healthcare is paramount, particularly in the current climate, which is why there is an urgent need for changes to be made. To kickstart the conversation, talkhealth conducted a survey that was completed by our members who identify as male. Here are some of the key takeaways:
- 74% of people identifying as male admit that gender stereotypes including the expectation to remain resilient, strong and unemotional prevent them from accessing healthcare
- The majority of men (43%) selected mental health as one of their top three areas of interest in healthcare
- 86% of respondents find it easy to access healthcare information directly targeted towards men but half of them (50%) are unlikely to book an appointment with a healthcare professional for guidance
- 71% of men access healthcare information via the NHS website whereas only 21% visit a pharmacist
- 33% of people who identify as male do not buy over-the-counter products that support their health
- Of the 21% of respondents who identified gaps in male-specific healthcare knowledge, the majority highlighted testicular health, sexual health and mental health as key areas
Interestingly, the survey results show that our male members do not feel as though awareness of male-specific health conditions is lacking. Instead, they hesitate from accessing healthcare due to societal pressures surrounding masculinity. This highlights the need for a change in the vernacular surrounding men and their health.
Numerous respondents admitted to not visiting their GP for fear of being ‘a burden’ or because their health condition is ‘too trivial’. These enlightening responses spotlight the unwillingness of the male population to engage with healthcare services and show neglect towards the importance of their health.
We hope that these responses help you to formulate better strategies, communications, and opportunities for products and initiatives created with men in mind.
If you are interested in collaborating with talkhealth on upcoming male-specific healthcare projects, or, you would like to receive this report in full, please email our Sales and Partnerships Director.