Ho Christopher Chee Kong, Tan Hui Meng.
The aging male : the official journal of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male. 2013; 16(3): 81-84
Men's health has gained prominence over the past few years but it is still not on par with the attention or funding that women and child health is getting. In Asia, this issue is even more conspicuous. With westernization of lifestyle, Asian men's problems emulate their Western counterparts but there are certain issues unique to Asian men due to cultural differences. This review will discuss the health issues affecting Asian men and suggest measures that can be taken to overcome them.
Khoo Ee Ming, Low Wah Yun, Ng Chirk Jenn, Tong Seng Fah, Wong Li Ping, Tan Hui Meng.
Journal of Men's Health. 2011; 8(3): 241
Background: Although the burden and risk of diseases are high in men, they often do not seek help. Moreover, it appears there is a lack of health information addressing menís health compared to womenís health. This paper explores what health information men need, who should be disseminating it and how it should be disseminated. Materials & Methods: A qualitative study using 6 focus group discussions that involved 52 men of different ethnicities aged 40ñ60 years old. All interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. NVIVO 2 was used for data management. The content of the transcripts was analysed and emerging themes were extracted. Results: Men wanted more health information, particularly information pertaining to menís physical, mental and sexual health. They wanted health information that was specific and relevant, including: healthy lifestyle (e.g. the type of exercises and diet for specific conditions and ages); common medical conditions (e.g. heart disease, diabetes and dyslipidaemia) and how to control them; gender specific problems (e.g. prostate problems; when to take a screening test; sexual problems); mental health problems and when treatment should be sought. Men wanted healthcare providers to disseminate health information during clinical consultations and the Ministry of Health to take the lead in this. They preferred the information to be disseminated through: health booklets; a ëëone-stop health information centreî; and health education programmes via the media, schools, work place and clubs. Conclusion: Men are looking for personalised health information that is specific and relevant to them. Healthcare professionals should identify menís health information needs and deliver them in an individualised manner.