March/May: Men's Health Survey
At talkhealth, we recognise that numerous areas of men’s health lag far behind those in women’s health. A quick scan of evidence spotlights the shorter life expectancy, increased risk of cardiovascular disease and weight issues that disproportionately affect men. 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 which was completed by our members who identify as male. We found that:
- 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
- Those aged 45 and above are more likely to visit their GP once every 6 months (81%) whereas younger men visit less frequently
- 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
If you're interested in a detailed analysis of the results for these surveys please contact us.