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Men’s health

Men’s health 

The gap in lifespan between men and women is increasing, with women currently outliving men by approximately 5.3 years. Although there are many reasons for the difference in longevity, men’s reluctance to seek medical help or advice is thought to be a key factor and the general practice consultation rate for men is 32% lower than it is for women. However, there are many aspects of men’s health that put them at risk of a range of conditions. General practice nurses (GPNs) need to be aware of these issues in order to maximise the value of time spent with male patients.

This resource, consisting of five assessment questions at intermediate level, tests your knowledge of men’s health. Complete the resource, including the further reading and some or all of the suggested activities, to obtain a certificate for one hour of continuing professional development to include in your annual portfolio.

Aims and objectives

On completion of this resource, you should have an understanding of:

  • The physiological issues that make men’s health more of a challenge
  • How testosterone levels impact on men’s health
  • The role of erectile function in men’s health
  • The use of screening tests in prostate disease
  • How mental health problems impact on men’s health

Men’s Health Forum Key Data (on alcohol and smoking; understanding of health and access to services; diet, weight and diabetes; physical activity; mortality; life expectancy; mental health; cancer and circulatory diseases etc)

Wang Y, Hunt K, Nazareth I, et al. Do men consult less than women? An analysis of routinely collected UK general practice data. BMJ Open 2013;3:e003320

Department of Health. The gender and access to health services study.