Title

Factors and outcomes associated with the male underutilization of the health care system

Abstract

Coinciding with the women's movement, increased attention was given to women's health, while research on male health issues has only recently been the focus of study. Although the first research on men's health was published over 30 years ago, few studies existed until the 1990s and are still limited in number and scope. However, compelling data demonstrates male underutilization of the health care system, despite statistical evidence that men experience many health problems in greater proportions than do women (Courtenay, 2000). The problem addressed in this study is that limited research exists which explores factors associated with the underutilization of the health care system by men and its impact on their health. The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with the failure of men to participate in health-seeking behaviors and outcomes related to selected health problems affecting men which have been documented by research. The method used was to synthesize relevant interdisciplinary research, primarily publications from 1994-2004 with selected earlier and later studies. Findings relate to two broad categories which permeated most of the issues: health care system barriers and masculinity issues, and to specific health problems of men. Due to the extensive number of problems affecting males, the scope of this study is limited primarily to: depression and suicide, testicular and prostate cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Additional problems affecting men more than women are also acknowledged. Implications for nursing education, practice, and research are discussed.

Notes

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Thesis Completion

2005

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Smith, Frances B.

Degree

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

College

College of Health and Public Affairs

Degree Program

Nursing

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Health and Public Affairs;Health and Public Affairs -- Dissertations, Academic;Men -- Health and hygiene

Format

Print

Identifier

DP0021955

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Document Type

Honors in the Major Thesis

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