What do we know about men’s help-seeking and health service use?

James A Smith, Annette Braunack-Mayer, Gary Wittert

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- Men seek help and use health services less frequently than women do.- Men’s help-seeking practices and health service use are complex issues involving biological, psychological and sociological considerations.- Most discussion on men’s help-seeking positions them as reluctant consumers or “behaving badly” with respect to their health.- Few studies have explored whether health service providers are equipped to deal with men’s health issues appropriately.- The current health system appears not to be tailored to meet the health needs of men.- Better collaboration is required across disciplines, to further investigate men’s health using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-83
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


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