Delivering men's health
There is a need for nurses and other health and care professionals to develop a greater knowledge and awareness of the needs of men and boys so as to improve assessment and treatment. Men and boys have different health needs to women and girls. Male health experiences may be related to biological and social factors.
Men and boys are often reluctant users of healthcare due to cultural norms, stigma and a belief that seeking help is seen as a sign of weakness. Men and boys are more likely to engage in behaviours that put their health at risk, such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and unsafe sex. Being aware of these risks, nurses can provide appropriate interventions, promoting healthier behaviours. Gender bias exists in healthcare; being aware and alert to these biases, nurses can work with men and boys, ensuring they receive equitable care. Male health inequality is an important issue and is receiving increasing attention. Men from disadvantaged backgrounds experience worse health outcomes than women in many areas, including mortality, morbidity, mental health and lifestyle-related health behaviours.
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