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3 07 Mens Health


  • Across the UK there is a difference of over 14 years in male life expectancy, depending on where you live
  • Under the Equality Act 2010, as a general practitioner (GP) you have a legal requirement to deliver services in such a way that they do not result in direct or indirect discrimination against one sex or the other
  • Men are more likely than women to die prematurely – 42% of men die before age 75 compared to 26% of women
  • Men are 67% more likely than women to die from those cancers that are not specific to one sex or the other. Men are also 56% more likely to develop those cancers and have poorer survival rates
  • 76% of people who kill themselves are men
  • Men’s mental and emotional health problems often emerge in different ways from women’s and are not always textbook cases; boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed as having a behavioural, emotional or social difficulty
  • 65% of men are overweight or obese compared with 58% of women, but most weight-loss services attract mostly women
  • Men tend to have less healthy lifestyles than women; for example, men are more likely to drink alcohol to excess, more likely to smoke, have a poorer diet, more sexually transmitted infections and higher HIV rates; they also take more illegal drugs and have more accidents
  • GP services are used 20% less by men than women; pharmacy services are used even less by men

Knowledge and skills guide

This section contains the learning outcomes for the 'Men's Health' curriculum module.

These are grouped into 12 core areas of competence concerned with the tasks you will undertake as a general practitioner when delivering care to people in your community.

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Case discussion

This section contains a scenario and questions for reflection which help to illustrate the learning points in this module.

Gerald Hinks is a 58-year-old former warehouseman who lost his job 12 months ago when his company had to make cuts. He has been married for 33 years and his two children have left home and live some distance away. His wife, Debbie, works part time in the local newsagent, which provides a very small income on top of the benefits that Gerald receives....     

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How to learn this area of practice

This section includes suggested activities and strategies for developing the competences you will require.     

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Useful learning resources

This section provides suggestions for further reading and other resources to help you in your training, including books, journal articles and web resources.     

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This section lists references which have been used in the development of the curriculum.     

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